About Our Chancellor
Walter Massey is Chancellor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as of July 2016, having previously served as its President. He is also Chairman of the Giant Magellan Telescope Organization, responsible for guiding the construction of the world’s largest optical telescope. Massey began his career as a physicist at leading research universities before his appointment as Director of Argonne National Laboratory and then as Director of the National Science Foundation under President George H.W. Bush. In 1995 Massey returned to Morehouse College, his alma mater, where he was President for more than a decade. Massey is a former Director of McDonald’s Corporation and is former Chairman of Bank of America. He has also served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Mellon Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, and the Smithsonian Institution and has received honorary degrees from 41 universities, including Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia, and Brown.