Tom Healy


Tom Healy

Tom Healy

J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board


Tom Healy was appointed by President Barack Obama in July 2011 to the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, which oversees the worldwide Fulbright Program. Healy served three terms as Chairman from 2012 through 2014.

Tom Healy is a writer and educator.  He is currently a fellow at the Harriet Monroe Institute of the Poetry Foundation.  Healy has taught at New York University and the New School and been a lecturer and writer-in-residence at universities around the world.  His books include Animal Spirits and What the Right Hand Knows—which was a finalist for the 2009 L.A. Times Book Prize—and two forthcoming books of essays, The Rest of the World and Not Untrue, Not Unkind.  

Healy, who is HIV-positive, served on the White House Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under President Bill Clinton and has long been active in global efforts to fight poverty and AIDS.  He has also had a distinguished career in the arts, including a pioneering gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea arts district and a leadership role in rebuilding New York’s downtown arts community after 9/11, for which he received the 2005 New York City Arts Award from Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Healy is a trustee of PEN America, Creative Time and University of the People, and he is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.  He studied at Harvard and Columbia.