Friday, March 2, 2012

New President of Brown University Announced -- Dr. Christina Paxson

I tend to have uncanny intuition and, between working on lectures that I will later this month be delivering in Sweden, checked out the Brown University homepage. I have 4 degrees from Brown so I do have a great fondness for this university. Plus, my husband has two degrees from Brown and I met him there, freshman week, no less.

The new President of Brown University has been announced and it is a female (following in the footsteps of Dr. Ruth Simmons who is stepping down after her fabulous presidency later this term).

The new President of Brown University is Dr. Christina Hull Paxson, an economist.
She is currently the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University. She will assume the Presidency of Brown on July 1, 2012.

According to the Brown University press release:

A 1982 honors graduate of Swarthmore College, Phi Beta Kappa, Paxson earned her graduate degrees in economics at Columbia University (M.A., 1985; Ph.D., 1987). She began her academic career at Princeton University in 1986, becoming assistant professor of economics and public affairs the next year. She became a full professor in 1997 and was named the Hughes-Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs in 2007. Graduate students at the Woodrow Wilson School have given her five annual awards for teaching excellence.

Congratulations to Dr. Paxson -- I wish her well!