Meet President Gutmann
Inaugurated as Penn's eighth president in 2004, Dr. Amy Gutmann leads an institution dedicated to providing educational, research, and co-curricular opportunities for some 23,000 students enrolled in 12 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. She is an eminent political philosopher, a lifelong educator, and chief executive of the largest private employer in Philadelphia.
Gutmann launched the Penn Compact in her inauguration speech. The Compact expresses the Penn community's aspiration to move from excellence to eminence in its core endeavors of teaching, research, and service, and is informed by four key principles: Integrating Knowledge, Increasing Access, Engaging Locally, and Engaging Globally.
Penn's students and faculty members garner some of the world's most selective awards and honors. Encouraged to pursue their own research and engage in community service, Penn students count among their ranks many winners of Fulbright awards and Rhodes, Marshall, and Truman scholarships. Members of the internationally acclaimed faculty include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prizes, and MacArthur Fellowships, as well as members of the most prestigious academic organizations.
Gutmann also is an ambassador of the University to Penn's 290,000 alumni. Penn has 68 alumni clubs: 57 domestic clubs in 27 states and Puerto Rico, plus clubs in 11 foreign countries. Active members of the Penn community, alumni participate in the University as trustees, as overseers of Penn schools and centers, and as leaders of class- and school-based initiatives.
She is an award-winning teacher of political philosophy, democratic theory, practical ethics, and the history of political thought, and an internationally renowned scholar. Her research addresses some of the most important issues in our society today: democratic deliberation, religious freedom, equal opportunity, race and multiculturalism, education, and ethics and public affairs.