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Yale president Richard Levin ’74PhD: The end of a long run.

On August 25, Richard Levin ’74PhD welcomed the new class of Yale freshmen for the twentieth time. On August 30, Levin revealed that this class of 2016 is the last of his Yale presidency: he will step down at the end of the school year. The longest-serving current Ivy League president, he has quietly wrought major changes: massive fund-raising and capital spending; a dramatic expansion of Yale’s international programs and profile; greatly improved community and labor relations; a path-breaking and controversial partnership with the government of Singapore.

On behalf of the governing Yale Corporation, Ed Bass ’67, ’72ArtA, named several members of a search committee and briefly sought input on which faculty members should join the search. Bass also announced “a series of Open Forums” to be held on campus on September 28, at which “members of the Corporation will seek advice about the qualities needed in Yale’s next President and the priorities he or she should address.”

For a sampling of reviews of Levin’s tenure, see our news blog, 06520. As for Levin’s own thoughts? While he gives himself a B-minus for creating high-tech jobs in New Haven, he says that overall, “It’s been a great run.”

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