President: Princeton Provost Amy Gutmann
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Amy Gutmann, Princeton's Provost, has been nominated to be
Penn's 8th president by the Executive Committee of the
Trustees, Chairman James S. Riepe announced Thursday
morning in Houston Hall. The full Board will vote on Dr.
Gutmann's appointment at its February 20 Stated Meeting.
Gutmann, 54, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor
of Politics and the University Center for Human Values,
will succeed President Judith Rodin on July 1. Dr.
Rodin announced last June that she planned to step down
completing a decade.
is a brilliant scholar with a demonstrated commitment to
undergraduate and graduate education, a proven and skilled
administrator who understands the challenges of running
a major research university and an articulate spokesperson
about the essential role of higher education in our lives
and in the future of our society," said Mr. Riepe, who
chaired the search committee.
has established an extraordinary record of achievement
during her more than 25 years at Princeton, most recently
as provost. She is widely regarded as a world-class scholar
whose research addresses many of the key issues facing
our society today--from religious freedom, to race and affirmative
action, to ethics and public affairs. As Dean of the Faculty,
she was hugely effective in attracting excellent faculty
to Princeton. Colleagues speak of her with the highest
regard: ‘fair and evenhanded, courageous and willing to
take on tough problems,' ‘renowned for doing her homework, ' ‘there
are no limits to what this person can achieve.' We are
confident that Amy is the ideal person to lead Penn forward
into the next stage of its evolution," Mr. Riepe said.
has enormous energy and a dynamic spirit," Dr. Gutmann
said. "It has extraordinary academic programs that span
12 schools, all of which are located together on one beautiful
urban campus. Under Judy Rodin's leadership, Penn has established
itself in the top rank of institutions, well positioned
to face the opportunities and the challenges that lie ahead.
I look forward with great enthusiasm to working with faculty,
students, staff, alumni and other members of the Penn family
to help the University build upon its tradition of excellence
in teaching, research and public service.
also looking forward to moving to the great city of Philadelphia," she
said, "with its wealth of cultural and historic institutions,
and to becoming an active citizen of Penn's vibrant West
Riepe noted that the Board strongly believes it has found
in Dr. Gutmann "someone to expand upon the phenomenal momentum
the University has experienced during the last decade… a
dynamic leader who is both a renowned scholar and skilled
administrator…a champion of innovative academic ventures
with a proven ability to recruit faculty of the highest
stature…someone who will grow Penn's financial resources,
enhance our entrepreneurial opportunities, and capitalize
on our many strengths."
Gutmann has been provost since 2001, serving as Princeton's
chief academic and chief budgetary officer, reporting to
the president. She is responsible for long-range planning
and for the coordination of the administrative and support
functions of the University with its academic purposes.
A faculty member there since 1976, she has taught political
philosophy, democratic theory, the history of political
thought and practical ethics.
her B.A. magna cum laude in 1971 from Radcliffe
College, she went on to earn an M.Sc. in political science
in 1972 from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D.
in political science in 1976 from Harvard University.
2003, she was awarded the Centennial Medal by Harvard
alumni who have made exceptional contributions to society." In
2000, she was awarded the President's Distinguished Teaching
Award by Princeton. She has also received the Bertram Mott
Award "in recognition of outstanding achievement towards
advancing the goals of higher education," the Ralph J.
Bunche Award "for the best scholarly work in political
science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural
pluralism," the North American Society for Social Philosophy
Book Award and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award for
the "outstanding book on the subject of human rights in
North America" for Color Conscious, which she co-authored
with K. Anthony Appiah.
Gutmann served as Princeton's Dean of the Faculty, 1995-97
and as Academic Advisor to the President, 1997-98. She
was the founding director of the University Center for
Human Values, a multi-disciplinary center that supports
undergraduate and graduate teaching, a visiting fellows
program, publication series and public discussions centered
around issues of ethics.
Gutmann is president of the American Society of Political
and Legal Philosophy. She is a fellow of the American Academy
of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political
Science and the National Academy of Education. She
is a founding member of the Executive Committee of the
American Association of Practical and Professional Ethics.
She has lectured widely, in South Africa, Europe, Asia,
and North America. In 1994-95, she presented the Tanner
Lectures in Human Values at Stanford.
Gutmann has been a Fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced
Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS), a Visitor at
Princeton's Institute for Advanced Study, and a Visiting
Professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She
serves on the Board of Trustees of Stanford's CASBS and
chairs the Executive Committee of the Board of Princeton
University Press. She also serves on the editorial boards
of many scholarly journals and on the Sawyer Seminar Committee
of the Mellon Foundation. She has served on the re-accrediting
team for Yale and on various national non-governmental,
non-profit commissions. She has held fellowships from the
Danforth Foundation, NEH and ACLS. She has been awarded
a Major Scholars Grant and a Mentors Grant from the Spencer
is author of many books, most recently Identity in Democracy (2003);
Democratic Education (second edition 1999); Democracy
and Disagreement (1996 with Dennis Thompson), named
by Choice as one of the "outstanding political science
books for 1997" and Color Conscious (1996, with
K. Anthony Appiah).
Gutmann has also published more than 100 articles and essays
and edited volumes in moral and political philosophy, practical
ethics and education. Her scholarly works have been translated
into many languages and have appeared in journals such
as Ethics, Philosophy & Public Affairs, Political
Theory, Social Research and Stanford Law
Review. Her reviews and essays have appeared in the New
York Times Book Review, Dissent, the Times
Literary Supplement, the Washington Post.
is married to Michael W. Doyle, Harold Brown Professor
of Law and International Affairs at Columbia. Their daughter,
Abigail, is a Ph.D. student in chemistry at Harvard.
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