James Shulman ’87, ’93 PhD
James Shulman ’87, ’93 PhD was a Graduate School Alumni Association Board member for four years concluding in June 2022, the final two of which he served admirably as Chair. Among his many accomplishments, James gently realigned the group’s focus with the dean’s priorities for the school, yielding increased alumni communication, opportunities for alumni to engage more deeply with the school, and a focus on supporting students. James is a strong communicator who worked tirelessly in bringing the Graduate School alumni community together — an especially valuable feat during the pandemic’s remote work experience. One significant change he made to the board was establishing regular monthly meetings in addition to organizing working committees with specific tasks which has brought more accountability and effectiveness to the board. In another example, James worked closely with a small team of the board members, faculty, and administrators on re-envisioning humanities graduate education at Yale, and has made significant contributions through his current position as vice president at the American Council of Learned Societies. James’ energy and dedication to the GSAA has sparked an expansion of alumni engagement with the school and other alumni through gifts of time, talent, and treasure. His inclusive, collaborative, and efficient style embodies the core values and mission of YAA. James was nominated by the following individuals: Jasmina Besirevic Regan, Associate Dean for Graduate Education at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Matthew Tanico, Assistant Dean for Graduate Academic Support and Outreach, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences; Cindy Beach, Senior Director of Development and External Relations, School of Engineering & Applied Science; Caitlin Beardsley, Deputy Director, Graduate and Professional Schools Annual Giving Development; and Mark Donovan, Associate Director, Graduate and Professional Schools Annual Giving.