Steven S. Koblik

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Library and academic administrator
Leadership, Policy, and Communications
Scientific, Cultural, and Nonprofit Leadership
Steven S. Koblik was named the seventh President of The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in September 2001 and retired at the end of June 2015. In 2004 he launched the largest capital campaign in The Huntington's history. For Generations to Come-The Campaign for The Huntington was a comprehensive six-year initiative that raised $244 million in annual, capital, and endowment gifts with the goal of sustaining current programs, strengthening the physical infrastructure, and safeguarding the institution's future. Several major capital projects have been completed under Koblik's leadership, most recently the renovation and restoration of the Japanese Garden (April 2012). Before coming to The Huntington, Koblik was president of Reed College, Portland, Ore., from 1992 to 2001, overseeing a successful capital campaign and substantial capital improvements. In 1989, he was named dean of the faculty at Scripps College, Claremont, Calif., after teaching for several years as professor of history at Pomona College and the Claremont Graduate School, both in Claremont. Trained as a diplomatic historian, Koblik received the B.A. degree (1963) from the University of California, Berkeley, in history and Scandinavian languages, the M.A. (1964) in international relations from the University of Stockholm, and the Ph.D. (1970) in modern European history from Northwestern University. His numerous books and articles have focused on Scandinavia, especially its experiences during the two World Wars. His most recent book is The Stones Cry Out: Sweden's Response to German Persecution of Jews, 1933-1945 (Schocken Books, 1987). He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Lund (Sweden), Occidental College, and Pomona College. Koblik was elected a Fellow (Class V:3) of the American Academy in 2012.  He is a member of the Academy Trust.
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