The Brown University News Bureau
Distributed January 7, 1997
Contact: Mark Nickel
Brown President Vartan Gregorian named to head Carnegie Corporation
Vartan Gregorian, Brown's 16th president, will leave the University in July
1997 to become president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. During his
presidency, Gregorian successfully reendowed and enhanced the University's core
academic activities of research, instruction and
PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
Vartan Gregorian, 16th president of Brown University,
announced today that he will become president of the Carnegie Corporation of
New York, one of the nation's largest and most prestigious grant-making
foundations, in July. The Carnegie Board of Trustees will meet Thursday,
January 9, to formalize the appointment.
Gregorian will continue his work at Brown through the current academic year
and will assist the University during its search for his successor.
"The eight years of the Gregorian administration have been a time of
tremendous rejuvenation for the University," said Brown Chancellor A. O. Way.
"Our faculty, libraries and student body have achieved new levels of excellence
and enjoy an unprecedented level of endowment support. President Gregorian has
also instituted effective programs of strategic planning and resource
management that have made Brown an efficient and well-run university. He leaves
Brown a better and stronger institution."
Chancellor Way announced that he will chair the search committee for a new
president. Names of committee members will be announced Friday, January 17.
In assuming the Carnegie presidency, Gregorian will return to New York City.
Prior to his appointment at Brown, Gregorian was president of the New York
Public Library and was widely credited with saving one of the city's and
nation's most significant cultural and intellectual treasures. At Carnegie,
Gregorian will lead a foundation with an endowment of more than $1.3 billion,
dedicated to identifying and addressing critical social issues, such as
education and international peace. In fiscal 1994-95, the Carnegie Corporation
awarded 273 grants totaling $55 million.
"Members of the board join me in congratulating Vartan Gregorian
wholeheartedly on his election as the Corporation's president," said Carnegie's
chairman-elect Thomas Kean. "The twenty-first century will usher in dramatic
new challenges for education and human resource development. It demands a
leadership that will balance the needs for continuity and change in the
Corporation's programs but that will also bring a fresh conceptual eye to the
consideration of each. We are confident that Gregorian is the ideal choice for
maintaining this balance."
"On behalf of the faculty, I thank Vartan Gregorian for all he has done and
will continue to do for Brown and congratulate him on his new position as
president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York," said William F. Wyatt Jr.,
professor of classics and chair of the Faculty Executive Committee at Brown.
"He has been a great president and will leave Brown in excellent shape. We will
miss him, his energy and his dedication, but we are delighted that he will
continue his good work on a national scale - with strong Rhode Island ties."
Gregorian was chosen as Brown's 16th president in August 1988 and was sworn
in on Jan. 11, 1989, succeeding Howard R. Swearer. He arrived at Brown with
characteristic enthusiasm, declaring his intention to strengthen the faculty,
expand support for the libraries and enhance the academic and intellectual
experience of Brown students. During his tenure, Brown and Gregorian have:
- enriched campus intellectual life. The President's Lecture Series
has brought dozens of internationally acclaimed writers, artists and scholars
to campus. Ten new lectureships have attracted additional distinguished
scholars to campus for longer visits and interaction with students.
- added new departments, centers and institutes. Eleven new academic
departments were formed, and a variety of multidisciplinary centers and
programs have been added, particularly for school reform, public service and
outreach to minority scholars.
- renewed the faculty. Two hundred and sixty-five new faculty members
have taken positions at Brown. Seventy-two of Brown's most distinguished senior
faculty have been appointed to endowed chairs. Twenty new endowed chairs are
available to faculty at the assistant professor rank.
- instituted the University Courses program. Brown's curriculum
encourages students to become broadly educated by exploring all disciplinary
areas. To that end, the College Curriculum Council identified and designated
more than 270 undergraduate courses as University Courses, which share the
common goal of introducing students not only to a particular subject matter but
also to the distinctive ways of thinking and approaching knowledge that
characterize different areas of scholarly inquiry. Brown's graduation
requirement was also increased from 28 to 30 course credits.
- recruited the most talented student body ever. The current
first-year class was drawn from the largest applicant pool in the University's
history -- 15,009 -- and is Brown's most highly rated group of young scholars.
- increased diversity in the campus community. Brown's student body,
drawn from every state in the Union and from 86 foreign countries, represents
an ever-widening variety of racial, ethnic, religious, political, geographic
and academic backgrounds. Twenty-nine percent of Brown students are minorities,
11 percent are international, 25 percent are children and grandchildren of
Brown alumni and alumnae.
- expanded the library. Brown students and faculty can now access an
online catalog of library holdings from computers throughout campus. The
library will celebrate acquisition of its three-millionth volume in the spring
of 1997. A newly installed campuswide computer network makes the library and
other information services available in dormitories, offices and classrooms.
- expanded academic opportunity for students. The UTRA and Odyssey
programs pair undergraduates with faculty in one-on-one relationships for
research and scholarship. The WISE program has encouraged female students to
explores the sciences through enhanced academic opportunities. The Royce
Fellows program awards special research opportunities and stipends for the
University's most outstanding young scholars.
In his inaugural address in April 1989, Gregorian explored themes of
mutualism - the obligation all educational institutions have to support and
improve the nation's ability to educate its youth. Excellence, Gregorian has
frequently said, can never be the exclusive province of elite private
institutions. Private institutions cannot succeed if public institutions,
particularly primary and secondary schools, are allowed to fail. During
Gregorian's presidency, Brown has:
- established the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. The
Annenberg Institute is a point of contact and coordination for a number of
promising school-reform projects. It has worked with the Annenberg Foundation
and Gregorian in deploying the $500-million Annenberg Challenge to the Nation,
which supports school reform in major U.S. cities.
- addressed the under-representation of minorities in the nation's
professoriate. The Leadership Alliance, established by Gregorian early in
his tenure and based at Brown, is a partnership of the Ivy League and other
outstanding colleges with traditionally black colleges and universities,
dedicated to increasing the presence of underrepresented minorities in the
nation's colleges, graduate schools and faculties.
- fostered programs of public service. Brown continues its leadership
of the Campus Compact, an organization of more than 500 colleges and
universities that facilitates community service and service-learning programs.
The Venture Consortium, a Brown-based coalition of colleges and universities,
provides students with a variety of experiences, from semesters away to
teaching internships in the inner-city. This year Brown published a directory
of more than 240 University-affiliated public-service initiatives in the
Although Gregorian arrived at Brown saying he did not intend to become known
as a fund-raising president, he established an admirable record for
institutional advancement, reendowing the University and providing it with an
unprecedented level of solid support. During his tenure, Gregorian and Brown
- more than doubled Brown's endowment. The endowment, which stood at
$373 million upon Gregorian's arrival, was valued at $803 million at the end of
the fiscal year last June. Preliminary year-end estimates for 1996 set the
endowment value at more than $850 million. (That figure does not include all
pledges to the comprehensive campaign.)
- successfully completed Brown's largest fund-raising campaign.
Brown's five-year $450-million Campaign for the Rising Generation passed its
goal in May 1995, six months early. Gregorian announced a six-month extension
to fund remaining priorities, and the campaign closed in June 1996 at $534
million - 118 percent of the goal. Total fund raising during Gregorian's tenure
totaled more than $600 million.
- renovated much of the physical plant. Brown has invested
approximately $100 million in renovations and deferred maintenance. Most
dormitories and dining facilities have been extensively renovated, as have the
Brown Bookstore, the Faunce House student center, the Dill Center for the
Performing Arts and other public spaces.
- doubled the undergraduate scholarship budget. From $12 million in
1988-89, the budget reached $24 million for the current academic year. The
scholarship endowment has also doubled. The University's total scholarship
budget for students at all levels reached $33.5 million, an all-time high.
"I have found Brown University to be an institution of surprising breadth
and extraordinary quality," Gregorian said. "During our years here, Clare and I
have found the Brown faculty, students and staff to be a constant source of
delight and intellectual stimulation. And while leaving such an extraordinary
place will not be easy, I firmly believe that Brown is ready to enter the
twenty-first century with confidence, determination, vigor and optimism."
Related documents available from the News Bureau:
96-060a -- Biographical information about Vartan Gregorian
96-060b -- Accomplishments of the Gregorian administration
96-060c -- Statement by Brown Chancellor Alva O. Way
96-060d -- Historical timeline of the Gregorian years