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Schapiro Takes Helm as Northwestern University President

August 31, 2009 | by Alan K. Cubbage
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Morton Schapiro took office as Northwestern University’s 16th president today (Sept. 1, 2009). Schapiro succeeds Henry S. Bienen, who retired Aug. 31 after serving 14 years as Northwestern’s president.

Schapiro, 56, comes to Northwestern after serving nine years as president of Williams College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.  A professor of economics, Schapiro is one of the country’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability.
“I’m thrilled to be Northwestern’s new president, and I look forward to meeting our students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the community in Evanston, Chicago and Doha,” Schapiro said.

“During the past few months, I’ve been able to get the benefit of President Emeritus Henry Bienen’s wise counsel,” Schapiro added. “President Bienen led this University with remarkable success, and I’m honored that he has passed the baton to me.”

The University Board of Trustees selected Schapiro as Northwestern’s new president last December. He will be inaugurated Oct. 9. In addition to a formal ceremony, the inauguration celebration will include academic symposia, receptions, a concert for students and other events.

Prior to becoming the president of Williams in 2000, Schapiro earlier had served as a member of the Williams faculty from 1980 to 1991, as professor of economics and as assistant provost. In 1991 he went to the University of Southern California where he served as chair of the Department of Economics until 1994 and then as dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences until 2000. During his last two years as dean, he also served as the university’s Vice President for Planning.

Schapiro has been appointed a professor in Northwestern’s economics department in the Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy.

“I’m eager to take on both my roles as president and professor,” Schapiro said. “Classes have started on both our Chicago and Doha campuses and will begin soon in Evanston, so we’re already underway on what I hope will be a great academic year at Northwestern.”
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