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UR names Sarah Mangelsdorf as president 

The University of Rochester announced this morning that it has chosen Sarah Mangelsdorf, currently the provost at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as its new president. She'll take office in the summer of 2019, becoming the UR's first woman president.

Mangelsdorf will  succeed interim President Richard Feldman, who took over earlier this year after a major controversy over sexual misconduct allegations led to President Joel Seligman's resignation.

The UR's announcement about Mangelsdorf says she is “an experienced academic leader recognized for her work on issues of academic quality, educational access, and diversity and inclusion at some of the nation’s leading public and private institutions.”

She is also a professor of psychology who is internationally known for her research on the social and emotional development of infants and young children. Her previous positions include serving as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University and dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The trustees' decision is the result of a months' long search process that involved help from an outside search firm and three campus advisory committees, multiple campus meetings and forums, and a university-wide survey.

University Trustee Cathy Minehan ’68, who with Trustee Danny Wegman co-chaired the Trustees’ Presidential Search Committee that oversaw the process for identifying a new president, said Mangelsdorf clearly stood out from a large and diverse pool of impressive candidates.

“Sarah has a breadth and depth of experience that equips her well to be successful as the University of Rochester’s president,” Minehan said. “Throughout her career, colleagues have praised her as a collaborative trust-builder who works hard to understand how to help every part of her institutions succeed. She immediately stood out to the search committee as an exceptional candidate for our next president.”


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