Corporation & Trustees

Howard Gardner


Howard Gardner is currently serving a six-year term on the Amherst College Board of Trustees. He is the John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also chair of the steering committee for Project Zero, an educational research group. He is best known for his theory of multiple intelligences, which challenges the idea that there is only one form of human intelligence that can be adequately assessed by standard psychometric instruments.

Gardner earned both his A.B. in social relations and doctorate in developmental psychology from Harvard.

The author of more than 26 books translated into 30 languages, as well as several hundred articles, Gardner has been honored throughout his career with several prestigious awards, including a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, the University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education and a fellowship from the John S. Guggenheim Memorial Foundation,and, in 2011, the Prince of Asturias Prize in the Social Sciences. He has received honorary degrees from more than two dozen colleges and universities and was twice named one of 100 most influential public intellectuals in the world—in 2005 and 2008—by Foreign Policy and Prospect magazines. He has been elected a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the National Academy of Education and the London-based Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce. He serves on a number of boards, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art.