Steven L. Solnick, Ph.D., is the seventh president in the 70-year history of Warren Wilson College. Solnick assumed the presidency in July 2012 after a decade abroad as Ford Foundation Representative in Moscow and then in New Delhi, providing programmatic and administrative leadership. During his years with the foundation, Solnick gave shape and direction to its work across areas such as human rights, higher education, arts and culture, media, livelihood promotion, sustainable agriculture and reproductive health.
Before joining the Ford Foundation, Solnick was associate professor of political science at Columbia University, where he also was coordinator for Russian Studies at the Harriman Institute. He previously was research associate at Harvard University’s Russian Research Center and Center for International Affairs. Since 2001 Solnick has been a full member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
A native of Jersey City, N.J., Solnick holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Phi Beta Kappa, and a doctorate in political science from Harvard University. He also has a B.A. (First Class) in politics and economics from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He was a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Fulbright-Hays Fellow at Moscow State University.
Solnick lives in Asheville with his wife, Maeve O’Connor, and their children: Elinor, Naomi and Reuben.