Northwestern’s future president, Morton Schapiro, will meet students over the course of several events this week, according to the presidential search committee.
Schapiro will talk to the community on Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. followed by a reception open to all the Evanston campus, and will have a similar event at Northwestern’s Chicago campus on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. The events aim “to provide an opportunity for Northwestern community members to meet President-Elect Schapiro,” according to an e-mail from the presidential search committee.
The committee announced Schapiro’s new position in December, following a nine-month search for a successor to Henry Bienen.
“I am confident that with his passion for education and experience fostering cutting-edge interdisciplinary teaching and research that [Schapiro] is a great match for Northwestern,” said Northwestern Board of Trustees Chairman Patrick Ryan in a press release. “He shares the aspirations of the Board of Trustees and University community for further enhancing the excellence of Northwestern.”
Schapiro, 55, has been the president of Williams College, one of the country’s top liberal arts colleges, since 2000. He graduated from Hofstra University in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in economics, and received his doctorate in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1979. He specialized in the economics of higher education, and taught economics at the University of Southern California before becoming its dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences for six years in the 1990s.