Clara M. Lovett

Clara M. Lovett President Emerita
Northern Arizona University


'62 BA (equivalent), University of Trieste

'67 MA, University of Texas, Austin

'70, PhD, University of Texas, Austin

1993-2000, President, Northern Arizona University



Dr. Lovett was born in Trieste, Italy and received her undergraduate education at the University of Trieste and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. Early in her academic career, she made her mark as a teacher and scholar in the field of Modern European History with support for her research from entities including the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Guggenheim Foundation.

Her career took her to Washington, D.C. where she held national leadership roles as chief of the European Division of the Library of Congress, dean of arts and sciences at The George Washington University, and provost at George Mason University.  She lectured at the Foreign Service Institute of the Department of State and wrote for The Chronicle of Higher Education.

In 1989, she was on Washingtonian magazine’s list of most influential women in Washington; in 1992, the Virginia Federation of Business and Professional Women named her Educator of the Year; in 2005 she was honored by the American College Personnel Association for lifetime contributions to higher education.

As the president of Northern Arizona University, Dr. Lovett became the leader in Arizona in partnerships with community colleges and in distance learning. Following her retirement from the NAU presidency, Dr. Lovett became president of the American Association for Higher Education.

She is a trustee of Thunderbird, The Graduate School of Global Management and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council on Teacher Quality and the Arizona Women's Forum. Dr. Lovett and her husband, Dr. Benjamin F. Brown IV, reside in Phoenix, Arizona. They support social service agencies and the arts through their private charitable foundation.