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Michael Schill named next president of Northwestern University


CHICAGO (CBS) – Northwestern University named its next president, Michael Schill, about a month after its former president-elect had to step down after being diagnosed with cancer.

Schill will serve as the 17th president of Evanston University beginning this fall, according to a news release.

“I am thrilled, honored and honored to join Northwestern, one of the most important universities in the world,” Schill said in a statement. “Northwestern has a long tradition of educating the brightest minds and pushing the boundaries of research and innovation.”

He has served as president of the University of Oregon since 2015 and served as a full professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. He has also held positions as Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, Dean of Law at UCLA, and Professor at New York University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Schill will replace Rebecca Blank as president-elect. Blank was chosen to succeed outgoing chairman Morton Schapiro last year, but had to resign last month after being diagnosed with cancer.

After Blank’s announcement, Northwestern’s chairman of its board rehired its 34-member presidential search committee which ultimately recommended Schill, according to the press release.

Schill received his bachelor’s degree in public policy from Princeton University and a law degree from Yale Law School. Her research focuses on affordable housing, land use and racial discrimination in the housing market.

“The selection of President-elect Schill reflects the values ​​and contribution of our community and our institution and was informed by his deep commitment to research and academic rigor, his focus on student access and success, his commitment diversity, equity and inclusion, and has demonstrated administrative leadership,” said Peter Barris, chair of the presidential search committee and incoming board chair, in a statement. “President-elect Schill is ambitious and eager to build on Northwestern’s successes and boldly lead the institution into its future.”


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