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The Clean Energy Transformation Beneath Our Feet
Jan. 3, 2024

 "The Clean Energy Transformation Beneath Our Feet" first appeared in the January 2024 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

Seven years into the largest building program in Princeton University’s history, the main ribbon-cutting…

Faculty Dinners at Lowrie House
Dec. 22, 2023

"Faculty Dinners at Lowrie House" first appeared in the December 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

People often ask me what I like best about my job. The answer is easy: I enjoy meeting Princetonians of all types—undergraduates, graduate students,…

Bending the Socioeconomic Curve in Selective College Admissions
Nov. 29, 2023

"Bending the Socioeconomic Curve in Selective College Admissions" originally appeared in the November 2023 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

The most prominent U.S. college rankings have recently made changes to give…

Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously
Sept. 29, 2023

 "Opening Exercises 2023: Think Critically, Embrace Generously" first appeared in the October 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

For Opening Exercises on September 3, we gathered on the…

Reunions Behind the Scenes
Sept. 6, 2023

"Reunions Behind the Scenes" was originally published in the September 2023 edition of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

The special bond Princetonians share is one we treasure every day and renew joyously at Reunions. Even as our attention in Princeton turns to the…

Commencement 2023: ‘Let Your Voices Rise’
July 28, 2023

Commencement 2023: ‘Let Your Voices Rise’ first appeared in the July 2023 issue of the Princeton Alumni Weekly.

On May 30, 2023, on a gorgeous morning in Princeton Stadium, I had the privilege of congratulating our 2023 graduates on…

Expanding Engagement With the Nation’s Armed Services
June 1, 2023

On April 12, I stood with other new members of the Education for Seapower Advisory Board (E4SAB) at the Navy Yard in Washington as Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro administered the oath of office.

Secretary Del Toro’s strategic plan articulates a commitment to “Empowering [the Navy’s] People,” including by ensuring that Naval…

Princeton Pre-read 2023: ‘How to Stand Up to a Dictator’
May 31, 2023

This year is the 10th anniversary of Princeton’s Pre-read tradition, which introduces incoming first-year students to Princeton’s intellectual life through the experience of reading and discussing a book together. The Class of 2027’s book is How to Stand Up to a Dictator by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa ’86…

A Case Study in Civil Discourse
April 28, 2023

The media landscape today is filled with commentary decrying the state of free expression on college campuses. I want to tell you about a recent episode that, in my view, better represents the quality of campus discussion at Princeton today. The faculty committee that oversees an endowed lecture named for literary critic and Palestinian…

The Meaning of ‘Merit’ in College Admissions
March 31, 2023

Princeton receives more than 35,000 applications for admission annually. “How many unsuccessful applicants,” I have asked Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Karen Richardson, “are so good that you could substitute one of them for an admitted student without any loss of quality to the entering class?”

Around 18,000, she tells me.