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CHR celebrates the accomplished leadership of Carol Corillon

In 2015, Carol Corillon retired as director of the National Academies’ Committee on Human Rights (CHR) after 33 years of dedicated leadership. With Carol’s guidance and expertise, the CHR developed into an effective and robust body that has helped to address the cases of nearly 1000 colleagues in 75 countries.

Carol also played a leading role in the creation of the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, which addresses significant issues involving science and human rights from an international perspective. We are fortunate that Carol will continue to serve as the Network’s Executive Director during this transitional period.

Carol’s talents and inspiring dedication to the work of the CHR have gained her respect and admiration throughout the Academies. Below are excerpts from a few of the many expressions of appreciation.

“Your unique contributions have accomplished much more than is obvious from the many individual lives rescued. You have broadened the horizons of scientists, engineers, and medical professionals everywhere by leading us to take responsibility for the fate of our colleagues. Through such efforts, you have made a major contribution to strengthening the international scientific community’s efforts to spread science and scientific thinking to all of humanity.” – Bruce M. Alberts, Former President of the National Academy of Sciences (1993-2005), CHR member and Chancellor’s Leadership Chair in Biochemistry and Biophysics for Science and Education, University of California, San Francisco

“As you step aside from your day-to-day work of the CHR, Carol, I think you know that the abilities of the CHR in the future are very formidable even though CHR will probably never put itself out of business. You have done so much to build the institutional foundations for meaningful work to advance human rights while you have also generated an atmosphere based on warm personal and collegial relationships amongst your staff and all of the adherents to the mission of the CHR. Thank you for all that you have done and which you continue to do.” – Ralph J. Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences and Chair of the National Research Council

We offer Carol our heartfelt thanks for her many years of service and wish her happiness in the years ahead.

To read the opening remarks by Dr. Frank Press, former President of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (1981-1993), at the 1988 National Academies’ Senior Staff Award Ceremony, during which Carol was given the award for outstanding achievement, please click here.

To read Carol’s acceptance speech, please click here.