Rodin to call it a decade in 2004

Judith Rodin (CW’66) will step down as president of the University next June 30.

Rodin announced her decision at the Stated Meeting of the University Trustees on June 20.

The first woman to run an Ivy League university returned to her alma mater in 1994 from Yale, where she had served as provost for two years. She set the tone for her presidency in her first year, laying out an ambitious “Agenda for Excellence” that aimed to strengthen Penn’s status as one of the nation’s top research universities and its ties to the community and the city.

She leaves the presidency with that agenda accomplished. Penn now ranks solidly among the top five national universities. Its investments in University City have created new jobs and improved neighborhood safety and attractiveness.

Trustees Chair James Riepe said, “Through her vision, creativity and boundless energy, Judy has provided extraordinary leadership to Penn over these past nine years.”

More information about Penn’s achievements during Rodin’s tenure as president can be found at on the web.

Originally published on July 17, 2003