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Distributed June 27, 1997
Contact: Mark Nickel

Statement by Vartan Gregorian, 16th President of Brown University

I am delighted at the news that E. Gordon Gee has been named to succeed me, becoming the 17th president of Brown University. President Gee combines a passion for academic excellence with tremendous energy and a great capacity for developing warm and effective relationships with students, faculty, alumni and friends. He has been one of the most sought-after presidential candidates by leading universities and university systems during the last several years, and Brown is fortunate to have him.

I would like to express my gratitude and commend the Corporation selection committee and the campus advisory committee for conducting this very important assignment so ably and especially so expeditiously. I have already conveyed my enthusiasm and heartfelt congratulations directly to President Gee and his wife, Constance. I have pledged my full cooperation for a smooth transition to what I predict will be a very successful presidency.