Harold Shapiro announces intention to complete his presidency of Princeton next summer

Sept. 22, 2000 12:56 a.m.

Harold T. Shapiro, president of Princeton University since 1988 and one of the most respected leaders in American higher education for more than two decades, will complete his presidency next summer, after the end of the current academic year. Shapiro announced his plans to the University's trustees this afternoon at their regularly scheduled September meeting.

"Thanks to his vision, his sensitivity to the concerns of everyone in the Princeton family, and his unlimited energy, Harold Shapiro has provided extraordinary leadership for Princeton over these past twelve years--strengthening its faculty and its student body, enhancing its programs of teaching and research, revitalizing its campus and dramatically increasing its endowment," said Robert H. Rawson, Jr., chair of the board's executive committee.

A native of Canada, Shapiro received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1964. He returned as Princeton's 18th president in 1988 after serving for eight years as the president of the University of Michigan. He also holds an appointment at Princeton as professor of economics and public affairs. After completing his service as president, he plans to return to full-time teaching and research.

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