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Kathleen Hagerty Appointed Provost

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

I am pleased to announce that I have appointed Kathleen Hagerty as Northwestern University provost effective Sept. 1. Kathleen, who has served as interim provost since April 1, has been instrumental in helping guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing strong leadership when we have needed it most. She now becomes the University’s first woman provost.

This is a pivotal moment in Northwestern’s history, and it is clear to me as we look ahead, that Kathleen is the right person to lead our academic enterprise and build further on our 169 years of academic excellence. Having worked closely with Kathleen amid some of the most challenging conditions the University has ever faced, I am continuously impressed by her intuition, decisiveness, dedication to our institution and her compassion for our community.

With deep experience as a senior leader, Kathleen has in the past served as associate provost for faculty and as interim dean of Kellogg School of Management. She joined Kellogg more than 30 years ago, holds the First Chicago Professorship in Finance, and has proved herself as a highly respected scholar and teacher.

Please join me in congratulating Kathleen.