From Judith Rodin, President of the University, and Provost Robert Barchi:
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Michael X. Delli Carpini as the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of The Annenberg School for Communication. A respected scholar in American politics, public opinion research, and mass media, Michael currently serves as Director of the Public Policy Program for the Pew Charitable Trusts. He succeeds Kathleen Hall Jamieson, who has guided the school for the last fourteen years. Michael brings to Penn an impressive portfolio of accomplishments in the public policy arena.
In his leadership role at Pew, he worked to advance and to sustain improvements in American democratic life by implementing and overseeing initiatives that enhance participation in civic life, renew the quality and meaning of campaigns and elections, and improve government performance. Michael's far-reaching impact on the American democratic process is complemented by his academic successes.
Before arriving at Pew in 1999, he joined the political science faculty at Barnard College in 1987 and was named department chairman in 1995. He also spent six years, beginning in 1996, as a member of the Graduate Faculty of Columbia University. Prior to that, he served as assistant professor of political science at Rutgers University.
An acute observer and analyst, Michael has authored four books, most recently What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters, and has published dozens of journal articles, essays, and panel papers on a wide variety of political and public policy topics.
Already familiar with Penn, Michael earned both a bachelor's degree in English literature and a master's degree in political science from the University in 1975. He was awarded his doctorate in political science from the University of Minnesota in 1980.
As we extend greetings to Michael, we would also like to take this opportunity to express enormous gratitude to Kathleen for the dedication and guidance she has provided to the Annenberg School. During her tenure as its dean, Ambassadors Walter and Leonore Annenberg and the Annenberg Foundation provided the school with $350 million dollars, including the $120 million dollars that initially endowed the school and policy center in 1993 and the $100 million awarded last Fall. The Annenberg Family's support for the school demonstrated over and over again their appreciation for the role the mass media plays in our society.
The Annenberg Public Policy Center, which Kathleen will continue to head, was opened in 1993. Kathleen has reaped numerous accolades as a member of the Annenberg faculty. She served as principal investigator or co-principal investigator on $30 million dollars in grants, wrote six books, and received the University's Lindback Award in addition to honors from the National Communication Association and the American Political Science Association. She was also elected an International Communication Association fellow and a member of The American Philosophical Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Kathleen will be spending a well-deserved sabbatical year as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford for the coming academic year.
Please join us in wishing her continued success and in welcoming Michael to the Penn community.