Eisgruber named Princeton's next provost

Christopher L. Eisgruber, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values and the director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs, has been named the University's next provost, effective July 1. A member of Princeton's undergraduate class of 1983 and a Rhodes Scholar, Eisgruber will succeed Amy Gutmann, who was recently named the next president of the University of Pennsylvania.

Eisgruber's appointment was recommended by President Shirley M. Tilghman and approved by the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees at its regularly scheduled Feb. 20 meeting.

"I am simply delighted that Chris Eisgruber has agreed to take on the responsibilities of provost at this point in Princeton's history," Tilghman said. "He is a perceptive scholar and gifted teacher who has known this University as a student and a faculty member. He is well known to many of us on campus for his creativity, his intellectual curiosity, his colleagueship, his commitment to high standards and his sound judgment. He has all the qualities to be an exceedingly effective provost, as Amy has been, and I look forward to working with him."

Eisgruber said, "This University has had a special place in my heart since the day I arrived on campus as a freshman 25 years ago. I am honored and thrilled by the opportunity to serve as its next provost and to work collaboratively with others to enhance its unique blend of education and research. I am especially enthusiastic about working with President Tilghman, whose leadership and vision are accomplishing wonderful things for Princeton."

More details are available in a news release.

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