Morton Owen Schapiro, president of Williams College, professor of economics and one of the country's leading experts in the economics of higher education, has been named president of Northwestern University, Patrick G. Ryan, chairman of Northwestern's Board of Trustees, announced today (December 16, 2008).

Schapiro, 55, will become Northwestern's 16th president, effective September 1, 2009. He will succeed Henry S. Bienen, who will step down after a highly successful presidency spanning 14 years.

"We are delighted that President Schapiro has accepted our offer to become Northwestern's next president and we look forward to his arrival on campus next fall," Ryan said. "I am confident that with his passion for education and experience fostering cutting-edge interdisciplinary teaching and research that he is a great match for Northwestern. He shares the aspirations of the Board of Trustees and University community for further enhancing the excellence of Northwestern."

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