Electing a New President
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from the Trustees Meeting
Judith Rodin and Dr. Amy Gutmann share a lighthearted
moment at the end of the trustees' meeting, as Chariman
Jim Riepe makes them laugh.
Riepe Outlines the Process...
the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania, we view
one of our most critical responsibilities to be the election
of Penn's President. Last June 20th, when Dr. Judith
Rodin announced her intention to step down from the Presidency
after 10 years of unprecedented achievements, it became
especially incumbent upon us to exercise that responsibility
in a manner that would provide the best opportunity to
sustain the momentum of this last decade.
standing trustee resolution authorized the creation of
Committee for the Election of a President. The Trustee
Executive Committee approved . . . and by early
September I convened . . . a Committee of eight
trustees, eight faculty members and four students, plus
the Chair. Over the next four plus months, this group
performed heroic service on behalf of the University. Time
after time, Committee members put aside important personal
obligations in order to attend meetings, or climb onto
a plane or train to participate in interviews. All
of this University's constituents owe them a huge debt
of gratitude for their efforts.
Committee began by conducting a rigorous assessment of
Penn's most important priorities, the greatest challenges
a new president would likely face, and the characteristics
the successful candidate would need to implement those
priorities . . . An important part of that process
was soliciting additional input: we held town meetings
for students, faculty and staff of the University; we wrote
to major public figures in Philadelphia, community leaders,
leaders throughout higher education, and alumni leaders
. . . We encouraged all alumni to give us their
thoughts on Penn's priorities and their suggestions for
leadership candidates . . . We made good use
of some tools that were not available to us the last time
we faced this momentous task. For example, we created a
web site, enabling us to both inform and interact with
literally a cast of thousands . . .
began the fascinating but arduous task of combing through
the world of higher education and beyond for the single
best-qualified candidate for the job.
I want to take a minute to remind you of the results of that initial assessment
process in order to underline, as many have done in the past month, the truly
wonderful fit between the ideal we sought and the reality of the candidate
we are nominating.
For Penn's next President, we wanted someone with:
search took us from the east coast to the west coast;
from academia to government; from Deans to Provosts to
Presidents; from our first meeting in September to scores
of interviews and meetings.
on the afternoon of January 21, when the Consultative Committee
made its recommendation to the Executive Committee of the
Trustees, we were unanimous in believing that we had found
the single best match with our ideal . . . the
best person in higher education today to lead this wonderful
institution on to the next stage of its long and very notable
am delighted to report that the Executive Committee concurred
in our assessment and today places before you our candidate
for the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania: Dr.
Amy Gutmann. (applause).
Riepe, Chair of the Trustees
would now like to call on Search Committee member and
former Trustee Chair Al Shoemaker to place that nomination
to Jim Riepe (applause).
Chairman, Amy Gutmann does the great spirit of Benjamin
Franklin and his University, Penn, proud. She is a brilliant,
creative, and practically oriented political philosopher
whose prize-winning publications range across the social
sciences, humanities, and the professions, and speak to
some of the major issues of our time and all time. She
is an inspiring and revered teacher whose many thousands
of students include eminent leaders throughout the professions
and the world, including some of our own Penn faculty.
has been a renowned member of the Princeton faculty for
28 years and Provost since 2001, serving as both chief
academic officer and chief budget officer. She is the Laurance
S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and was
the founding director of the University Center for Human
Values. She is a fellow of three highly selective academies:
the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National
Academy of Education, and the American Academy of Political
and Social Science. She has been awarded the Princeton
President's Distinguished Teaching Award and the American
Political Science Association's Ralph J. Bunche Award for "the
best scholarly work in political science that explores
ethnic and cultural pluralism." She served a very successful
term as Dean of the Faculty and also Academic Advisor to
the President at Princeton. She is a 1971 magna cum
laude graduate of Harvard, received a master's degree
from the London School of Economics in 1972, and in 1976
earned her doctoral degree in political science from Harvard,
which last year awarded her its Centennial Medal for graduate
alumni who have made exceptional contributions to society.
Just this month, her fourteenth book, Identity in Democracy,
was awarded the best scholarly work in government and political
science by the American Publishers Association.
no resume can communicate the overwhelming sense of Amy
Gutmann's intelligence, integrity, and personal power that
was provided by her colleagues in their references. The
top tier of leadership in higher education throughout the
country unreservedly believe that Amy not only will take
Penn to the next level--while also raising expectations
of where that bar should be--but also that she is uniquely
qualified for that task among a field of remarkable and
able scholars and leaders. Amy is simply a "natural," they
say, to lead a great University that unites 12 powerful
academic and professional schools--each with a long-held
commitment to teaching and research--in a splendid urban
could not agree more with those comments. I am as excited
the prospects for Penn under Dr. Gutmann's leadership as
I was ten years ago when we nominated Dr. Rodin. Therefore,
it is my distinct honor and great pleasure to place before
you for your consideration the nomination of Dr. Amy Gutmann
to be the next President of the University of Pennsylvania.
Committee member Deborah
Marrow seconds the nomination
would like to remark on Amy Gutmann's outstanding qualities
as a leader in higher education. At Princeton University,
she has demonstrated strong leadership in various administrative
positions including Dean of the Faculty, Academic Advisor
to the President, Founder and Director of the University
Center for Human Values, and most recently as Provost.
Among her many successes in these positions can be counted
her record in recruiting top faculty to the university.
Other organizations have sought her leadership as well,
and she has served as a member of the board and executive
committee of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral
Sciences at Stanford, the Advisory Council of the Kennedy
School of Government at Harvard, and as President of the
American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy among
other distinguished appointments. At Princeton and elsewhere,
she is greatly admired by her colleagues and by the students
she has taught as well as the faculty and administrative
staff with whom she has worked.
Amy Gutmann speaks--whether about democracy, ethics, or
identity (big topics that touch us all)--she commands our
attention. Like all great leaders, she loves learning,
and she is well equipped to deal with a new environment
at Penn, whether it concerns the medical center or the
role of the University within the city of Philadelphia.
She is keenly aware of what she knows and what she does
not yet know; she knows what questions to ask and when
to ask them; she knows how to assemble an excellent team
and how to inspire it and lead it forward. She is now poised
to extend her previous record of achievement to a new chapter
at Penn. Therefore, I am pleased and honored to second
the nomination of Dr. Amy Gutmann as the next President
of the University of Pennsylvania.
Committee Member Egbert
Perry offered another second:
Chairman, I would like to second the nomination of Dr.
Amy Gutmann to be the eighth President of the University
had the pleasure of serving on the Search Committee and
participating in the process, I noted that Amy is someone
about whom a few critical things remained crystal clear
throughout the many hours of interviews we had with her
and the many, many references we checked.
she does everything she does out of a passionate belief
in the power of education not only to realize the highest
potential of the individual and assure the best-lived life,
but to realize the highest potential of our society, to
heal hatred and violence and to unite us in a common purpose.
she knows first-hand that education is both an entitlement
and also a prize to be won, and that we must never cease
in our struggle to educate all our sons and daughters to
the highest of their and our ability.
as we have heard, she has written about education as the
critical ingredient to democracy itself and, as her Princeton
President's Distinguished Teaching Award attests, she has
never wavered in her identification as a teacher. She also
recognizes the importance of undergraduate education in
a university, and is committed to excellence in undergraduate
teaching and programs.
as Penn's President, Amy will not only strive to ensure
that a Penn education is available to every deserving young
person, wherever in the world he or she may be, and to
ensure that a Penn education continues to increase in excellence
and reputation, but also to serve as a leader for the field,
in general, making sure that the value of education is
given the rightful place on the public agenda.
those reasons and many others, I reiterate my second of
the nomination of Dr. Guttman to the University's eighth
Search Committee Member Mickey
Chairman, a university president must be many things, but
above all she must be an intellectual power--someone who
can do and teach, someone who has the respect of her own
faculty and of the outstanding academics she wants to recruit,
uniting them behind her vision for the university. Amy
Gutmann's scholarly achievement has been recognized through
numerous awards, as well as election to the elite academies
mentioned by Al. Speaking as a proud alumnus of this University,
I can think of nothing that makes Penn graduates prouder
of their degrees than the increasing national and international
awareness of the excellence of a Penn education.
can also think of nothing that will contribute more to
Penn's reputation even further, than a leader who personifies
academic excellence and has the proven ability to lead
world-renowned faculties in pursuit of a clear and compelling
educational vision. Penn's election today of Dr. Amy Gutmann
to be our next President sends a resounding signal to the
University's 240,000 alumni--and the world--that the stock
in their diplomas can only go up. The many alumni in this
great University who are prominent in the world
of business can also take great satisfaction in our electing
a new leader who is a top-flight manager and will steward
Penn's resources wisely--no less satisfaction than those
in academic and intellectual fields who are thrilled by
her resume as well.
am deeply pleased to second the nomination of Dr. Gutmann
to be the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania. (applause)
second from Search Committee Member and Penn Alumni President
start, I want to express my gratitude for participating
search effort and for the opportunity to address you at
this milestone in Penn's history.
with the committee was deeply rewarding and I am personally
most enthusiastic with the outcome.
the press conference to announce the nomination, my committee
colleague Barbara Savage eloquently described the process
and the common understanding we achieved as we examined
Penn's unique strengths, our core values, and our highest
we achieved new levels of common understanding of what
Penn is, where it wants to go, and what it seeks in a new
leader. To paraphrase Prof Savage, the committee
needed to identify a leader who could do many things but
above all one who could recognize that one of Penn's most
essential characteristics, one of its greatest strengths
(and challenges) is diversity. We would seek a leader who
would honor and celebrate those differences and continually
reaffirm and strengthen our commitment to diversity.
Dr. Amy Gutmann, I, along with Professor Savage and fellow
committee members, absolutely believe we have found that
person. Of equal paramount importance, Dr. Gutmann recognizes
the complexities of the society within which we all live
she earnestly believes that the academy represents one
of the best forums for open discussion and debate about
how to understand and confront those societal challenges.
and open speech has a home on our campuses and Penn will
continue to encourage civil dialogue on some of the most
difficult issues of our times.
believe we have identified the leader best equipped in
and practice to do just that. For these reasons, I am proud,
indeed it is an honor, to second Mr. Shoemaker's nomination
of Dr. Amy Gutmann to Penn's next President.
to Consider the Nomination of Dr. Amy Gutmann for President
of the University of Pennsylvania
motion to consider the nomination of Dr. Amy Gutmann for
President of the University of Pennsylvania has now been
moved and seconded, will all those in favor please say "aye."
motion passed unanimously. President-elect Gutmann, let
me be the first to congratulate you, said Chairman Riepe.
years ago, I said that I did not want to be a university
president. I stand before you today to reaffirm that I
do not want to be a university president. I want
to be the eighth President of the University of Pennsylvania.
And I thank you so very much for the warm and wonderful
welcome that you have bestowed upon me today, and indeed
every day since the first moment I met with members of
the search committee.
love the things we love for what they are," Robert Frost
and I love Penn for what it is: