Debora L. Spar


Debora L. Spar joined the board of directors of The Wallace Foundation in 2014.

Spar became the 10th president of Lincoln Center on March 15, 2017. She was the seventh president of Barnard College, holding that office from July 1, 2008 through March 5, 2017.

Throughout her presidency of Barnard, Spar was a vocal proponent of women’s education and leadership, spearheading initiatives that included the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, an interdisciplinary center devoted to the theory and practice of women's leadership, and Barnard’s Global Symposium series, an annual gathering of high-profile and accomplished female leaders held each year in a different region of the world.

A political scientist by training, Spar has focused her scholarly research on issues of international political economy. She is the author of numerous books, including Ruling the Waves: Cycles of Invention, Chaos, and Wealth from the Compass to the Internet (2001); The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception (2006); and most recently Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection.

Spar is a graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and received her doctorate in government from Harvard. She is a member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences and currently serves as a director of Goldman Sachs; a director of Value Retail, LLC; and a trustee of the Markle Foundation. Before coming to Barnard, Spar was the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

Spar is married to Miltos Catomeris, an architect whose specialty is academic, institutional and corporate campuses. They are the parents of three children.