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Northwestern Launches Search for Buffett Institute Leader

New search committee led by President Emeritus Henry Bienen

EVANSTON, Ill. --- Northwestern University is launching a search for a new leader of the Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Studies who will lead the transformation of the Buffett Institute into a world-renowned hub of global research, scholarship and education.

The new institute will take shape thanks to the historic gift of more than $100 million made by alumna Roberta Buffett Elliott earlier this year and aimed at funding fellowships, travel, research at home and abroad, scholarships for international students and interdisciplinary professorships.

The search committee, chaired by Henry Bienen, president emeritus of Northwestern, will be assisted by the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. The committee will convene in spring 2015.

Search committee members are:

Henry Bienen, chair and president emeritus, Northwestern University

Sally Blount, dean, Kellogg School of Management

Ron Braeutigam, associate provost for undergraduate education and Harvey Kapnick Professor of Economics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS)

Nim Chinniah, Northwestern executive vice president

Ivo Daalder, president, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Brian Edwards, associate professor of English, comparative literary studies and American studies; director, Program in Middle East and North African Studies (MENA)

Vinayak Dravid, professor, Materials Science and Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science

Soyini Madison, professor, Performance Studies, School of Communication

Hendrik Spruyt, Norman Dwight Harris Professor, Political Science, WCAS; former director, Buffett Center

Jay Walsh, Northwestern vice president for research

Ellen Wartella, professor and chair, Communications Studies, School of Communication

Staff support will be provided by Jake Julia, associate vice president and associate provost for academic initiatives; Marianna Kepka, assistant provost and director of Change Management and Eileen McCarthy, director, Office of Change Management.

The Buffett Institute for Global Studies will follow a multidisciplinary and problem-solving approach to advancing important global issues and “take the scope and impact of our global programs to a whole new level,” said President Morton Schapiro when the University announced Mrs. Elliott’s unprecedented gift of more than $100 million on Jan. 28.

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