William Bowen, former president of Princeton University and former president of the Mellon Foundation
"He is a very unusual person in that he has deep experience in research universities and at one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. And he has demonstrated accomplishments as a great teacher and an outstanding leader."
Daniel Diermeier, IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice, Kellogg School of Management, and member of the search committee
"As faculty members, we were impressed by President Schapiro's strong record of leadership at Williams combined with a deep understanding of the strategic needs of Northwestern at this time of her history, especially the ability to identify opportunities for growth in a time of crisis for universities. I also liked the fact that President Schapiro has always considered himself a member of the faculty, first and foremost, continuing his research and teaching while serving as president."
Marianne Wanamaker, graduate student in economics and member of the search committee
"President Schapiro brings a lot of energy and new ideas to the table. He comes from an institution that does undergraduate education very well. I'm excited in terms of his outlook – he's a real optimist and a go-getter. I also think he'll relate to students very well and will make interacting with students a priority."