Shaping the Presidency

Former president Ruth Simmons worked largely to fundraise and network, a shift from the focus of former presidents on day-to-day management.

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Presidency adapts as U. transitions to global enterprise

October 23, 2012 2 comments

When Christina Paxson is formally inaugurated as the University’s 19th president Saturday, she will join a long list of individuals who have left their mark on Brown in unique ways.

Like President Christina Paxson, many past University presidents and leaders of peer institutions served first as administrators at other schools.

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Presidency balances peer influence with unique vision

October 24, 2012 1 comment

President Christina Paxson stepped into the top administrative role at Brown earlier this year with a background shaped by the three institutions of her past – Swarthmore College, where she studied as an undergraduate, Columbia, where she earned her doctoral degree, and most recently, Princeton, where she filled teaching, research and administrative roles. 

Almost four months into her presidency, Christina Paxson said she aims to further develop Brown’s reputation as a research university.

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Paxson starts steady as U. faces changing tides

October 25, 2012 3 comments

When former president Ruth Simmons arrived at Brown in 2001, she was ready to effect major change. “I fear we have gotten caught up in enhancements of all kinds while fundamentals are wanting,” she told faculty in the first week of the school year.