In April, Africana studies and history professor Eve Troutt Powell was named associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, becoming the first black scholar, male or female, to hold an associate deanship in SAS.
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One Penn faculty member vying for a seat in Congress has received campaign contributions from Washington powerbrokers among the likes of Bill Clinton, former White House Chief of Staff Mack McLarty and former Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala.
Penn President Amy Gutmann was elected vice chair of the Association of American Universities on Tuesday, a position that gives her a national platform to discuss and lobby for higher-education issues.
Students at more than 300 college campuses are calling on their administrations to stop investing in fossil fuels, and the movement is starting to grow at Penn.
Penn President Amy Gutmann was the second-highest-paid Ivy League campus head in 2011, jumping up one spot on the annual Ivy compensation rankings.
Endowment returns across the Ivy League have surged following a relatively stagnant 2012 fiscal year, with Penn leading the pack.
Harvard President criticizes President Obama’s higher-education agenda.
Amidst claims that the Wharton School has lost some of its luster, Ankur Kumar, Wharton’s director of MBA admissions and financial aid, announced on Wednesday that she plans to resign at the end of the week.
If President Barack Obama gets his way, the annual U.S. News and World Report college rankings may soon have some competition from the federal government.
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The day after Sheldon Hackney was announced as Penn’s sixth president in September 1980, then-Provost Vartan Gregorian submitted his resignation to the University. Gregorian, an immensely popular figure among faculty and students, had been the odds-on favorite to succeed Martin Meyerson, the president at the time.
Angela Duckworth, a psychology professor who has researched grit and academic success, was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow on Wednesday, one of the top national honors given to recognize innovation and creativity.
Lisa Greene can recall sitting on Sheldon Hackney’s living room couch in the spring of 1987, listening to the then-Penn president talk about the history of the 1960s as she and her classmates made their way through a plate of freshly baked Pepperidge Farm cookies.
After Anthony Marx graduated from Yale University in 1981, he wrote a letter to then-Penn president Sheldon Hackney. Marx was interested, he wrote, in learning more about university governance, and a friend had recommended Hackney as a good person to get to know.
The spring of 1993 was supposed to be Sheldon Hackney’s swan song — a chance for the departing Penn president to say goodbye to an institution on which he had made a profound and lasting impact during his 12 years in office. Early on in the semester, it had become clear that Hackney was a frontrunner for the National Endowment for the Humanities chairmanship, a nomination that would thrust the southern historian-turned-university administrator onto the national stage.
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Soon after Ed Rendell was sworn in as mayor of Philadelphia in 1992, then-Penn president Sheldon Hackney went to see him in City Hall, a bold plan in hand.
Penn’s endowment grew by nearly $1 billion in the 2013 fiscal year, generating an investment return of 14.4 percent, the University announced at a Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning.
When Sheldon Hackney took the reins inside College Hall in 1981, he inherited a university that colleagues say was in pressing need of repair.