Rodin to Step Down as President of Penn In
Judith Rodin, Penn president since 1994, announced today that
she intends to step down from the office when she completes
her 10-year term in June 2004. The announcement came following
a regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees on Penn's
order to create a seamless transition and ensure continuity,
the trustees have asked her to assume a newly created part-time
position as Chancellor to remain actively engaged in fundraising.
nearly a decade of service, Dr. Rodin has guided the University
through a period of unprecedented growth and development that
has transformed Penn's academic core and dramatically enhanced
the quality of life on campus and in the surrounding community.
Under her leadership, Penn has invigorated its resources, nearly
doubling its research funding and tripling both its annual fundraising
and the size of its endowment; created Penn Medicine; launched
a comprehensive and widely acclaimed neighborhood revitalization
program; attracted record numbers of undergraduate applicants,
creating Penn's most selective classes ever; risen in the
U.S News & World Report rankings of top national research
universities from 16th in 1994 to 4th
in 2002; established new interdisciplinary institutes and created
over a dozen groundbreaking interdisciplinary, multi-school,
undergraduate and graduate degree programs throughout the University;
planned or completed new buildings and major renovations in
every school and center; and expanded its international programs
and collaborations. Faculty excellence has risen dramatically
and there has been significant investment in leading-edge graduate
and professional degree programs.
Penn these past years has been an extraordinary privilege and
an exhilarating experience,' Dr. Rodin said. 'This
is a remarkable community of amazing depth and breadth, and
I am grateful to the Trustees for their support and for giving
me the opportunity to work with so many talented and creative
individuals. I am very proud of all that our faculty, staff,
students, alumni and community partners have together enabled
Penn to accomplish.
decision to step down has been an extremely difficult one for
me to make, but I believe it is the right time for Penn. We
have successfully fulfilled our first strategic plan and with
the next plan conceived and ready to launch, it is time for
the next era of leadership. I love this institution and will
always remain a part of it.'
Rodin, 58, became Penn's president on July 1, 1994, coming
to Penn from Yale, where she had been Provost. She was the first
woman to be named to the presidency of an Ivy League institution,
and the first Penn alumna to serve as president.
Rodin simply has it all,' said James Riepe, chairman of
Penn's Board of Trustees. 'Through her vision, creativity,
and boundless energy, Judy has provided extraordinary leadership
to Penn over these past nine years -- strengthening undergraduate,
graduate and professional education, revitalizing the campus
and community, increasing fundraising and dramatically enhancing
the University's national reputation.
today is a stronger and more vibrant institution than at any
time in our history,' Mr. Riepe said. 'More than ever
Penn is the university of choice for the nation's best
and brightest students and scholars. Our physical resources
have never been better, we are on firm financial footing, and
our relations with our city and community are the best they
have been in decades. Penn's future is brighter than ever.'
Riepe said that pursuant to the University statutes, the executive
committee of the Board of Trustees would appoint in the months
ahead a Presidential search committee, to be comprised of trustees,
faculty, and students, which he will chair.
Riepe expressed his appreciation to Dr. Rodin for providing a full
year's notice, making it unnecessary to appoint an interim
Rodin received a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from
Penn in 1966 and a Ph.D from Columbia University in 1970 , before
beginning a career as an assistant professor of psychology at
New York University. She moved to Yale in 1972, serving 22 years
on the faculty, and two years as its provost before moving to
holds faculty appointments at Penn as a professor of psychology
in the School of Arts and Sciences and as a professor of medicine
and psychiatry in the School of Medicine.
Commenting on her future plans, Dr. Rodin said,
'I am thrilled by Penn's extraordinary success in
our neighborhood transformation efforts. America's cities
need to rebuild economic infrastructures, and provide avenues
for individuals to lift themselves from poverty by creating
jobs and the opportunity for growth. While all city budgets
are facing staggering deficits, public-private partnerships
for these kinds of efforts are more important than ever. Over
the years, I've been asked by mayors and foundations to
help them to replicate Penn's strategies and I've
never had the time. This, coupled with my teaching and writing
on leadership and civic engagement, and my service on corporate
and community boards, is an overflowing agenda.'
Of Penn's Accomplishments Under Judith Rodin:
Federally sponsored research has more than doubled to $570 million,
placing Penn among the top five universities in federal research.
Total research has risen to nearly $700 million, from $280 nearly
a decade ago.
Since 1994, Penn faculty have won 284 top awards and honors,
including two Nobel prize winners (in the last three years),
three Lasker Award winners, two National Medals of Science;
28 Guggenheim fellows, 18 members elected to IOM, and 11 elected
to National Academy of Science. Penn now ranks among the top
10 universities with regard to faculty awards and honors.
Established new interdisciplinary, cross-University institutes
and centers in Genomics, nanotechnology, cancer research, national
safety and security, and urbanism.
Annual fundraising has more than tripled, from $135 million
in 1995 to a projected figure for this year of over $400 million.
Penn's endowment has more than tripled as well , up from
$1.1 billion in 1993, to a projected $3.5 billion for for 2003.
Transformed the undergraduate experience, creating the College
House System, and academic hubs such as Kelly Writer's
House; launched a new pilot curriculum; and overhauled undergraduate
Numbers of undergraduate applicants to Penn has risen 37 percent,
while the admissions yield is up to 63 percent, meaning Penn
is more and more the first choice of admitted applicants. Only
one in five applicants is selected, up from nearly half in 1993.
Created numerous groundbreaking, interdisciplinary, multischool
undergraduate and graduate and degree programs.
Penn's physical environment has been transformed. New buildings
and renovations that serve the academic mission, including Huntsman
Hall, Levine Hall, Addams Hall, BRBII, and Silverman Hall, among
others, have been completed. Renovations or completion of facilities
that enhance the student life experience include Pottruck Health
and Fitness Center, Perelman Quad, and the College House renovations.
A campus master plan was created to guide future campus development
for the next decades.
Launched a broadbased neighborhood revitalization effort in
partnership with the community, resulting in a decrease in crime
in University City, cleaner streets, new retail venues, more
families moving into the neighborhood and an increase in home
renovations, increased minority and women owned business participation
and a new prek-8 neighborhood public school.
New facilities that serve both the University and the neighborhood
include Sansom Common, the bookstore, hotel, dining and retail
complex; Freshgrocer supermarket; a new six-screen cinema; and
the new Penn Alexander neighborhood public school.
Stabilized the Health System and created Penn Medicine to more
fully integrate the Medical School and the Health System.
Created the Penn National Commission on Society, Culture and
Community which sought to understand the problems of contemporary
public discussion and behavior and to foster more engaged and
thoughtful conversations about contemporary social issues. The
work of the Commission will be published this fall in a book
co-edited by Dr. Rodin.
a national and local leader, Dr. Rodin served on President Clinton's
Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology and co-chaired
the transition team of Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street. She
also served from 1994-95 on a Presidential panel to review security
at the White House.
chaired the Council of Presidents of the Universities Research
Association and served on the Executive Committee of the American
Association of Universities. She serves on the board of the
Brookings Institution, chairs the board of Innovation Philadelphia
and the Knowledge Industry Partnership, serves on the steering
committee of college presidents for America Reads and the executive
committee of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Rodin is
also a member of the Council on Competitiveness.
Rodin has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences,
the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute of Medicine
of the National Academy of Sciences.
for her work on the relationship between psychological and biological
processes in human health and behavior, Dr. Rodin has published
more than 200 articles and chapters in academic publications
and authored or co-authored ten books.