Distributed November 9, 2000
For Immediate Release
News Service Contact: Mark Nickel
Ruth J. Simmons is an inspiring intellectual leader of great integrity
Stephen Robert, chancellor of Brown University, chaired the Presidential
Selection Committee. A 1962 graduate of Brown University, Robert is a trustee of
the Corporation of Brown University and chairman of Robert Capital Management
LLC, New York.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Chancellor Stephen Robert released the following statement
about the appointment of Ruth J. Simmons as the University’s 18th
This is an historic and a momentous occasion not only for Brown but also for
the entire Ivy League and for higher education in America. Dr. Simmons is the
first African-American to be named to the presidency of an Ivy League
institution. A pioneer herself, she is joining a university that prides itself
on a tradition of innovation and leadership.
We see in Dr. Simmons an intellectual leader who understands the importance
of a great undergraduate education and the difference it can make in the lives
of young women and men. We see a woman who appreciates what is unique about
Brown’s educational philosophy.
Her integrity and deep commitment to the causes she champions match her
distinguished career in higher education. It is no surprise that she has emerged
as a national spokesperson for liberal education and for the ethic of civic
responsibility. Dr. Simmons inspires trust and confidence and exudes personal
warmth and strength of character.
I want to publicly acknowledge the enormous debt of gratitude which the Brown
community owes to Interim President Sheila Blumstein. President Blumstein has
kept the University on a steady course and an even keel for the last nine months
and will continue to serve through June. She has our affection, admiration,
thanks and respect.
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