Steven C. Wheatley retired as Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in June 2018 after thirty-two years of service to the Council, twenty as Vice President. He holds a B.A. from Columbia University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in history from the University of Chicago. He is the author of, among other works, The Politics of Philanthropy: Abraham Flexner and Medical Education (University of Wisconsin Press, 1988) and a new introduction to Raymond Fosdick’s The Story of the Rockefeller Foundation (Transaction Books, 1988), and the editor (with Katz, Greenberg and Oliviero) of Constitutionalism and Democracy: Transitions in the Contemporary World (Oxford University Press, 1993).
He has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and as a member of the Task Force on the Artifact of the Council on Library and Information Resources. He was for eight years a member of the Governing Council of the Rockefeller Archive Center of Rockefeller University, and has taught at the University of Chicago and at New York University, where he was appointed an Adjunct Professor. In 2005-06, he was staff to and an adviser of the ACLS Commission on Cyber infrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences.