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- • Dale winner to take musical journey across America
- • Berry ‘completes the circuit’ to find a home in neuroscience
- • Wu gifts promote excellence in engineering and across campus
- • Wilmerding leaves a legacy of Pop art to Princeton
- • Library acquires papers of Sir Frank Kermode
- • Princeton team advances to next stage in ‘urban challenge’
- • Students put classroom learning to work for Honduran legislators
- • University to consolidate points accounts
- • Four honored for their work mentoring graduate students
- • Tilghman joins in discussion on ‘Women at the Top’
- • Spotlight
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Tilghman joins in discussion on ‘Women at the Top’
President Tilghman (right) participated in a discussion hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on May 2 titled “Women at the Top: The Changing Face of the Ivies.” (photo: Tony Rinaldo)
Cambridge MA — President Tilghman (right) participated in a discussion hosted by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University on May 2 titled “Women at the Top: The Changing Face of the Ivies.” Other speakers were: (pictured from left) Ruth Simmons, president of Brown University; Judith Rodin, former president of the University of Pennsylvania and current president of the Rockefeller Foundation; Drew Gilpin Faust, president-elect of Harvard who, as dean of the Radcliffe Institute, served as moderator of the event; and Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania.
The women stressed the importance of mentorship, recognizing Princeton President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro for the role he played in their careers. Simmons, Gutmann and Tilghman all have worked under Shapiro. “[He] was an amazing pathbreaker as far as giving women opportunities, and he would be the last person to take credit for it,” Gutmann said. Tilghman added, “The easiest way to help support the next Ruth Simmons or Judy Rodin or Drew Faust or Amy Gutmann is to do searches with an open mind and then hire the best person.” She remembered some of the opposition she heard when she named Gutmann as provost shortly after becoming Princeton’s first female president. “The key is — which is what Harold Shapiro had in spades — the ability to see beyond superficial qualities” and always hire the best person for the job, Tilghman said.
The wide-ranging discussion also covered such topics as whether there is a female leadership style and the biggest challenges and changes facing American higher education. Streaming video is available at www.radcliffe.edu/events/lectures/2007_vpi.php.