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Speeches and some pageantry for new NU chief

Morton Schapiro will be formally inaugurated as Northwestern University’s 16th president at 3 p.m. Friday on the university campus, after a pair of symposium presentations Friday morning.

The afternoon ceremony will include remarks by Schapiro, a leading authority on higher education, and a speech by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman, a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times.

The morning events include a 9 a.m. symposium on the economics of higher education that Schapiro will moderate. Panelists include William Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Catharine Bond Hill, president and professor of economics, Vassar College; Michael McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation; and Burton Weisbrod, the John Evans Professor of economics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern.


Morton Schapiro will be formally inaugurated as Northwestern University’s 16th president at 3 p.m. Friday on the university campus, after a pair of symposium presentations Friday morning.

The afternoon ceremony will include remarks by Schapiro, a leading authority on higher education, and a speech by three-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Friedman, a foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times.

The morning events include a 9 a.m. symposium on the economics of higher education that Schapiro will moderate. Panelists include William Bowen, president emeritus of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Catharine Bond Hill, president and professor of economics, Vassar College; Michael McPherson, president of the Spencer Foundation; and Burton Weisbrod, the John Evans Professor of economics and faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern.

Then at 10:30 a.m. there’ll be a symposium on energy and sustainability. Kelly O’Donnell (SESP 1987), Capitol Hill correspondent, NBC News, will be the moderator, with panelists including Friedman along with Kimberly Gray, professor of civil and environmental engineering and of chemical and biological engineering at Northwestern; Mark Mills, founding partner of Digital Power Capital, a private equity firm focused on new technologies; and Mark Ratner, the Lawrence B. Dumas Distinguished University Professor of chemistry and co-director of the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

(Update 6:05 a.m. 10/9/09) All three events will be held in the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, 2311 Campus Drive. (The 3 p.m. ceremony had been scheduled for Deering Meadow, but has been moved indoors because of the wet weather.)

Schapiro is an author or editor of numerous books and more than 100 articles on the economics of higher education, including “Keeping College Affordable” and “College Access: Opportunity or Privilege?”

He also made a name for himself in energy and sustainability when, as president of Williams College, he outlined an ambitious greenhouse gas reduction strategy for the college in 2007. Inside Higher Education dubbed it “the gold standard of green standards.”

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