University of Chicago President To Lead Mellon Foundation

University of Chicago President To Lead Mellon Foundation

University of Chicago President Don M. Randel recently announced his resignation to become president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which awards grants in fields including higher education and art conservation.

Randel, who has served as university president since 2000, will continue to lead the school — known for its rigorous curriculum and its intense, intellectual atmosphere — until July 2006, university officials say.
During his time at the university, Randel, 64, strengthened the humanities, arts, biomedical sciences and the school’s relationship with Argonne National Library.

He also led a $2 billion fundraising campaign that so far has raised $1.3 billion, according to officials, who will begin forming a search committee to choose Randel’s successor.

Randel came to the University of Chicago after 32 years at Cornell University, where he was a professor, music department chair, dean and second to the university president as provost.

Randel will replace former Princeton University President William G. Bowen, who has led the New York-based Mellon Foundation since 1988.

— Associated Press

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