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President's Annual "State of the University Letter" 2024: Excellence, Inclusivity, and Free Speech
Jan. 18, 2024

­Seven years ago, I began writing annual letters on the state of the University, its progress toward strategic goals, and major issues relevant to our mission and higher education more broadly.  This report is the eighth in that series, and Princeton is stronger than ever.

We persisted successfully through the…

Response to Rep. Mikie Sherrill about Combating Antisemitism on Campus
Dec. 13, 2023

The Honorable Mikie Sherrill

United States House of Representatives

1427 Longworth House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20515

 

Dear Representative Sherrill:

Thank you for…

Response to Rep. Gottheimer about Academic Freedom and Course Materials
Sept. 13, 2023

The Honorable Josh Gottheimer
United States House of Representatives
203 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

Dear Congressman Gottheimer:

Thank you for your letter of September 10 questioning whether a professor at this University may assign and teach Dr. Jasbir Puar’s controversial book,…

Statement on Academic Freedom
Sept. 11, 2023

Delivered at the University Faculty Meeting

It is a pleasure to greet our new arrivals, and to welcome all of you, as we begin another scholarly year.

Given the importance of academic freedom to what we do, I wanted to begin the year by reaffirming this University’s steadfast support for it.  I say this now…

Statement on the Supreme Court ruling on affirmative action
June 29, 2023

Dear Princeton community,  

Today the United States Supreme Court backed away from more than fifty years of established case law allowing colleges and universities to take race into account as one factor among many in a holistic admission process. Those precedents wisely recognized that colleges and universities must have…

Statement at the Service of Remembrance Ceremony
Feb. 28, 2023

It is customary at the Service of Remembrance, a Princeton tradition since 1919, for the University president to dedicate the Memorial Wreath at the end of the ceremony.

This year, I have also asked for the privilege of saying a few words at this point in the program.

Since last May, our campus has lost six young people…

President's Annual "State of the University Letter" 2023: The Liberal Arts University and the Challenges of Technology
Feb. 16, 2023

Three years after the novel coronavirus appeared on the scene, Princeton’s residential, scholarly community is nearly, if not fully, restored to its pre-pandemic state. Our campus again pulses with vital energy, personal interaction, and creative inspiration.

Classes are meeting without the restrictions needed last year. Workshops,…

On academic standards and mental health
Dec. 8, 2022

Published in the Daily Princetonian

Last month, a reporter from The Daily Princetonian asked for my views about the relationship between academic rigor and mental health.

I said what I believe: that a challenging, high-aspiration…

Beyond University Rankings: Promoting Transparency and Accountability
June 8, 2022

"Beyond University Rankings: Promoting Transparency and Accountability" was first published the newsletter Not Alone from…

Response to USG Spring 2022 Referendum No. 3
April 22, 2022

Dear Mayu and Charlotte,

Thank you for your message and the accompanying paper regarding the Undergraduate Student Government’s recent referendum.  In light of the subject matter of that referendum and the controversy regarding it, I write now to remind the USG of the University’s procedures governing dissociation from companies…