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.
Shaping the Presidency
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.
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.