The Northwestern University Board of Trustees this week extended the contract of President Morton Schapiro for three additional years, to Aug. 31, 2022.

“Northwestern continues to make significant strides under President Schapiro,” William Osborn, the board chair, said. “By extending his contract, we will ensure that the University will have continued stability and inspiring leadership into the next decade.”

Schapiro, 61, was named the school’s16th president in December 2008 and began his term Sept. 1, 2009. He was recently listed as the 24th highest paid private college president in America.

He is a professor of economics in Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and teaches classes regularly in that school. He also holds appointments in Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and in the School of Education and Social Policy.

“The Northwestern community consists of the most inspiring students, faculty, staff and alumni imaginable. I absolutely love being president of Northwestern University — there is no place else I would rather be. Therefore, I am honored by this vote of confidence from the Board of Trustees,” Schapiro said.

“Northwestern has benefited throughout its history from the strong leadership and full engagement of the Board of Trustees,” he added. “I look forward to continuing this partnership.”

Schapiro’s research focuses on the economics of higher education, especially in the area of college financing and affordability.

He had been president of Williams College in Massachusetts before joining Northwestern.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. I guess they learned from the school Board

    Extending the contract that long and in advance of the existing contract is typical of Evanston school boards but you would expect NU to have more common sense.

    Look at how bad contracts have affected Evanston schools, the Bears, Cubs, and so many sports teams and other organizations.

    I bet most employees [even at NU] would like to have contracts that last that long!

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