Gutmann slated as Penn president
Princeton NJ -- Provost Amy Gutmann has been nominated to serve as the next president of the University of Pennsylvania. Penn's board of trustees will vote on her appointment at its Feb. 20 meeting. Gutmann, the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, is expected to succeed Judith Rodin on July 1, 2004.
"Penn has made an excellent choice in selecting Amy Gutmann as its next president," said President Tilghman. "For 28 years, Amy has been an exceptional teacher and scholar at Princeton, and she has served with great distinction as dean of the faculty and, for the last two and a half years, as provost. We will greatly miss her strong leadership and wise counsel. I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new role as president of our closest Ivy neighbor."
Tilghman said she hopes to designate Gutmann's successor as provost early in the spring semester.
Gutmann has been provost of Princeton since September 2001. A faculty member since 1976, she has taught political philosophy, democratic theory, the history of political thought and practical ethics.
She served as dean of the faculty from 1995 to 1997 and as academic adviser to the president from 1997 to 1998. She was the founding director of the University Center for Human Values, a multidisciplinary center that supports undergraduate and graduate teaching, a visiting fellows program, publication series and public discussions centered around ethics and human values issues.
Gutmann earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College, her M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and her Ph.D. from Harvard University.
In 2003, she was awarded the Centennial Medal by Harvard for "graduate alumni who have made exceptional contributions to society." In 2000, she was awarded the President's Distinguished Teaching Award by Princeton. She has also received the Bertram Mott Award "in recognition of outstanding achievement towards advancing the goals of higher education," the Ralph J. Bunche Award "for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism," the North American Society for Social Philosophy Book Award and the Gustavus Myers Human Rights Award for the "outstanding book on the subject of human rights in North America" for "Color Conscious," which she co-wrote with Princeton colleague K. Anthony Appiah.
Gutmann is president of the American Society of Political and Legal Philosophy. A founding member of the executive committee of the American Association of Practical and Professional Ethics, she is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political Science and the National Academy of Education.