Amy Gutmann, Ph.D.
The eighth President of the University of Pennsylvania, Amy Gutmann is an internationally recognized leader in higher education. Since becoming president in 2004, she has been an outspoken advocate for increased access to higher education, and has led Penn to become the largest university to establish an all-grant, no-loan policy for all undergraduate students who qualify for financial aid. A first-generation college student herself, President Gutmann has significantly expanded the number of students from low-income, middle-income, and first-generation college families attending the University. She has pushed Penn to the forefront in civic engagement, as exemplified by the 2011 opening of Penn Park, a 24-acre urban oasis connecting the Penn campus to Center City Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods. Under her leadership, Penn completed its largest, most successful fundraising effort in 2013, raising $4.3 billion through the Making History campaign. At the same time, the University has focused on removing barriers between academic disciplines, invigorating the intellectual climate for both faculty and students.
Dr. Gutmann is an award-winning teacher of political philosophy, democratic theory, practical ethics, and the history of political thought, and an internationally renowned scholar. Her research addresses democratic deliberation, religious freedom, equal opportunity, race and multiculturalism, education, and ethics and public affairs.