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The Steven Wheatley Fund


May 17, 2018

Dear Friends: 

I have the tremendous pleasure of announcing the creation of the Steven Wheatley Fund, in appreciation for Steve Wheatley’s contributions during his remarkable 32 years as a member of the ACLS staff.

Those of us who have had the privilege to work with him know how he used his keen intelligence, sparkling eloquence, and unstinting dedication to promote knowledge and its power to be a force for good. I hope you will read more about his impressive contributions in the biography, below.

The Steven Wheatley Fund, established by a generous anonymous donor, will be used to strengthen ACLS’s work with our 75 member learned societies, and thereby carry on Steve’s impressive legacy in championing and strategically bolstering these organizations and, by extension, supporting the 300,000 scholars they represent.

We invite you to join with us in honoring Steve. You may donate online here or send a check to the address below.


Pauline Yu
ACLS President


Steven Wheatley

In his 32 years of dedicated service, Steven Wheatley has made vital contributions to every dimension of ACLS’s work during decades of change and growth in advancing the humanities. He came to ACLS as director of the American Studies Program in 1986 and became vice president in 2000. During his tenure he has mentored generations of staff and been a trusted partner of four ACLS presidents.

Steve has helped to conceive and shape all major fellowship programs that ACLS has mounted in the past 20 years. In his work with ACLS’s member societies, Steve encouraged programs to strengthen their operational capacities and foster synergistic collaborations. He furthered the Council’s scholarly communications mission, playing key roles in ACLS’s influential Commission on Cyberinfrastructure and its innovative Humanities E-Book initiative. Over the years, he was instrumental in ACLS’s work to create pathways for international scholarly exchange across the globe, with particularly sustained efforts in China and Vietnam. In 2005, the Vietnamese Academy of Social Sciences awarded him the Medal for Social Science Career.

Steve’s expertise and advice are regularly sought by a vast network of colleagues who know him as a generous source of sage counsel. A historian by training (BA, Columbia University, MA and PhD, University of Chicago), Steve has published on topics ranging from the politics of philanthropy to democracy in the contemporary world, but the list of his publications does not convey his encyclopedic knowledge and apposite recall of events, quotes, and facts.

A humane humanist, Steve is widely appreciated for his kindness, compassion and his reliable sense of humor. We wish him well in his next chapter, as he continues to enrich the scholarly humanities and the lives of those who seek to advance them.

Donate online here .

Send a check to: ACLS, Office of Philanthropy, 633 Third Avenue, Suite 8C, New York, NY 10017-6706. Include “Wheatley Fund” in the memo line.


Steven Wheatley

with ACLS president Pauline Yu


with his wife, Linda-Marie Delloff


with former ACLS president
John H. D'Arms


in Vietnam

with ACLS president emeritus
Stanley N. Katz