Richard Levin is the Chief Executive Officer of Coursera. He is the Frederick William Beinecke Professor of Economics Emeritus and Director of the Project on U.S.-China Relations at Yale.
He recently completed a twenty-year term as Yale’s President, during which time the University invested over $5 billion in the renovation and construction of its facilities, advanced economic development and home ownership in New Haven, purchased and began to develop a 136-acre campus in nearby West Haven, strengthened its programs in science, engineering, and medicine, established a goal of reducing campus greenhouse gas emissions by 43%, and undertook a major set of initiatives to internationalize the University – extending need-based financial aid to international students in Yale College, making international experiences the norm for all undergraduates, and planning and opening Yale-NUS College in Singapore as a model of liberal arts education for Asia.
Levin is a director of American Express and C3 Energy. He has served on President Obama’s Council of Advisors for Science and Technology and, previously, on a bipartisan commission to recommend improvements in the nation’s intelligence capabilities. He co-chaired a review of the nation’s patent system for the National Academy of Sciences that led to the passage of the America Invents Act of 2011. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.