June 20, 2003
Judith Rodin, president of the University of Pennsylvania 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 campus.
During nearly a decade of service, 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, 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.