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Yale Appoints Maurie McInnis as Its First Permanent Female President

Originally published by Minnah Arshad for USA Today

Yale University named Maurie McInnis as its new president Wednesday, the first woman to be selected for the top position in a non-interim capacity since the Ivy League school was founded in 1701.

McInnis, the president of Stony Brook University in New York, will join the flagship New Haven school on July 1 as the 24th president, taking over the reins from Peter Salovey who announced in August that the current school year would be his last after having led the school for over a decade. McInnis will be the first woman to lead Yale as a non-interim president in its 323-year history.

“It has been three decades since I have called Yale and New Haven home, but I have had the good fortune to come back to our campus regularly, as a colleague, an alumna, and in recent years as a trustee,” McInnis said in a message to the Yale campus community. “Over that time, I have seen Yale grow in incredible ways while maintaining the excellence and traditions that have been part of our university for over three centuries.”

The announcement Wednesday comes after a monthslong search for Yale’s next leader, which involved input from more than 2,000 people from across the campus community through individual meetings, listening sessions, and a student survey, Josh Bekenstein, senior trustee and chair of the presidential search committee, said in a statement on behalf of the board. Nearly 130 leaders were nominated to the search committee for the seat.

“A compelling leader, distinguished scholar, and devoted educator, she brings to the role a deep understanding of higher education and an unwavering commitment to our mission and academic priorities,” Bekenstein said. “Her experience and accomplishments over the past three decades have prepared her to lead Yale in the years ahead.”

Yale University has about 12,000 students enrolled between its undergraduate and graduate programs, and roughly 5,500 faculty members. 

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