Douglas W. Schwartz

President Emeritus, The School For Advanced Research, President’s Office


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Senior Scholar


Douglas W. Schwartz received his B.A. from the University of Kentucky in 1950 and went on to complete his Ph.D. in anthropology at Yale University in 1955. He has received numerous honors, including a Litt.D. from the University of New Mexico in 1981, and another Litt.D. from the University of Kentucky in 1989. He received Distinguished Service Awards from the American Anthropological Association and the Society of American Archeology. Recently he was awarded a Luminary by the New Mexico Community Foundation.

Dr. Schwartz was president of the School for Advanced Research from 1967–2001. In 2007 he was honored with a bronze plaque in the courtyard of the Museum of Art in Santa Fe. The plaque states “Dr. Schwartz earned our enduring gratitude and respect…for his contributions to the understanding of the anthropology and archaeology of the American Southwest.” A recently published book in his honor, A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropology Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz, also recognized his contributions as president of “…a unique and visionary institution that complemented the intellectual activities and agendas of both universities and museums.” The newly published history of SAR, A Peculiar Alchemy: A Centennial History of SAR 1907–2007, states that Dr. Schwartz “…brought a languishing institution into an era of growth, stability, and innovation… using five key principles—determination of purpose, emphasis on productivity, effective operations, robust resources, and forward thinking.”

His past positions include Professor of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, Director of the university’s Museum of Anthropology, Academic Assistant to the President of the university, President of the Society for American Archaeology, President of the Board of the Jane Goodall African Wildlife Research Institute, Board President of the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, and President of the Board of Trustees for the Santa Fe Preparatory School.

Doug’s major archaeological research has been in the Grand Canyon, where over a period of 20 years he did a pioneering survey and the first major excavations in the Canyon and on the North Rim. Several articles and monographs resulted from the work. He recently published a history and reexamination of his work in a volume published by the Grand Canyon Historical Society.

Additional major research was on Arroyo Hondo Pueblo, a 1,000-room, fourteenth-century settlement, that resulted in nine monographs published under Doug’s general editorship. In addition to being Senior Scholar at SAR, Doug is a board member of the Witter Bynner Foundation for Poetry, board member of the First National Bank of Santa Fe, and the Advisory Board of the State of the Parks Program of the National Parks Conservation Association. Currently, Doug is writing on the early development of Charles Darwin’s creativity, and in novel form, a synthesis of his major excavations at Arroyo Hondo Pueblo.

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