University of Chicago President Zimmer extends contract – Education News

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26 May 2017 | 9:58 pm

University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer agreed to stay in the post until at least 2022. His tenure would rival Robert Maynard Hutchins’ 22 years at the helm of the Hyde Park institution.

The university released a statement today from Joseph Neubauer, chair of the board of trustees, who said the board deemed Zimmer’s role “critical” to the school’s fortunes. By 2022 Zimmer, now 69, would be in his mid-70s.

In 2011, he was the country’s highest paid university president. In the most recent survey, he was No. 8.

Since he became president in 2006, the university has polished its academic reputation, expanded campus facilities and raised billions to fund those ambitions.

Zimmer also recently has been outspoken in the debate over free speech roiling college campuses.

But budget pressures and layoffs, as well, have characterized the rapid expansion.

If he lasts 16 years in the post, Zimmer would exceed the 15-year presidency of Hanna Gray, who served between 1978 and 1993. Hutchins was president from 1929 until 1945, and served as chancellor until 1951.



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