Dr. Richard M. Hunt has served the American Council on Germany for more than 40 years, serving as President, and as the current Vice Chairman. After his education at Yale (BA 1949), Columbia (MA 1951), and Harvard (Ph.D. 1960), he joined Harvard’s faculty in 1960. In 1972, he was selected to replace George Shuster as the pro-bono President of the ACG. Under his leadership, the structure of the Council’s membership and Board were reviewed and revised, the Young Leaders Conference was launched in 1973, the McCloy Fellowship programs were created in 1975, and the Council hosted several important meetings and conferences with key American and German players in the transatlantic partnership, including Willy Brandt and Helmut Kohl.
In 1986, the Board approved a proposal to consolidate the posts of President and Executive Director into a full-time, salaried chief executive. In March 1988, Dr. Hunt stepped down as President but was honored for his years of selfless service by being named Vice Chairman of the ACG. He continues to serve in this role today, an example of his commitment and service to the Council and its ideals. In addition to his work at the American Council on Germany, Dr. Hunt served as Harvard’s University Marshal from 1982 to 2002, Chairman of the DAAD Program of German Academic Exchanges, and as a committee member of the Center for European Studies at Harvard. He is also a Trustee of the Roy M. Hunt Foundation, named after his father, who served as Alcoa President for 30 years. In March 2004, Dr. Hunt and John Bethell, the former editor of Harvard Magazine, published Harvard A to Z, an alphabetical compilation of short essays about Harvard University.
In 2003, the ACG initiated the Dr. Richard M. Hunt Fellowship for the Study of German Politics, Society, and Culture, which allows up to two American scholars a year to travel to Germany for a minimum of 28 days of research. Dr. Hunt was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the ACG’s 2016 McCloy Awards Dinner.