Re: What is your counsel?
Dr. Amy Gutmann became the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania on July 1, 2004. In her inaugural address, Gutmann launched the Penn Compact, her vision for making Penn a global leader in teaching, research, and professional practice, as well as a dynamic agent of social, economic, and civic progress. The Compact focuses on increasing access for the most talented students regardless of socioeconomic background, recruiting and retaining eminent faculty who integrate knowledge across multiple disciplines, and making Penn a more powerful transformational force locally, nationally, and around the globe. In October 2007, Gutmann officially launched “Making History: The Campaign for Penn,” a five-year, $3.5 billion fundraising effort to support the University’s priorities of expanding undergraduate, graduate, and financial aid, strengthening faculty endowment, and creating the optimal environment for teaching, research, and student living. “Making History” is by far the largest fundraising effort in Penn’s history.
Gutmann serves on the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Corporation and the Vanguard Corporation, and on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center. In 2005, she was appointed to the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board, a committee that advises the FBI on national security issues relating to academia. Gutmann is a member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), which convenes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and is a member of the Asia Society’s Task Force on U.S. policy toward India. She also is among the leaders of a select group of presidents of research universities throughout the world who advise the U.N. Secretary General on a range of global issues, including academic freedom, mass migration, international development, and the social responsibilities of universities.
Amy Gutmann: Globally I think we are not taking advantage of our ability to create multination, multilateral alliances. I think even on a smaller scale than nations, we’re not doing enough to combat global warming. We’re not doing enough to educate people who are incredibly talented in this world. We’re not doing enough to deliver healthcare to infants, and children, and women who are, again, wanting to be enterprising around the world. Those are the issues that we’re not addressing. But there’s one underlying cause of our not addressing that, I believe; which is not taking advantage of how we can come together despite our differences, and deliberate and decide to do good. We need more institutions that bring us together in civil but robust ways to do good in the world.
We are not taking advantage of our ability to create multinational, multilateral alliances.
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