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Community Notes

Read messages of congratulations and support from members of the Northwestern community. 

For Northwestern, and for this pivotal moment in our world, Chancellor Blank is the leader for our time.”

Virginia M. Rometty, vice chair of the search committee and a vice chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees

She is a distinguished scholar and visionary leader, who shares the ambitions of the Board of Trustees and University community for advancing Northwestern as an iconic institution. Her bold vision for the University’s role in the world and her proven ability to lead a collaborative academic research enterprise will guide our institution toward greater eminence and impact.”

J. Landis Martin, chairman of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees

The Presidential Search Committee met with an incredibly competitive pool of candidates and unanimously recommended Rebecca Blank to the Board for election as our 17th president. As part of our process, we heard from all segments of the University community, and I believe Chancellor Blank’s deep experience and talents will support our current needs and position us for a promising future.”

Peter Barris, chair of the Presidential Search Committee and a vice chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees

Chancellor Blank brings Northwestern adroit executive leadership experience from another powerhouse AAU research institution. She promises to be adept in driving our characteristic interdisciplinary scholarship. I am confident Chancellor Blank also will be sensitive in improving access and skilled in enabling successful experiences in student life and learning.”

Charles A. Tribbett III, a vice chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees