Newark Star-Ledger Profiles Chris Eisgruber '88, New President of Princeton


Princeton University’s new president is taking suggestions. Since he took over the top job at the Ivy League school in July, Christopher Eisgruber has been conducting what he calls a “listening tour” to get advice from students, alumni and community members as he formulates new goals for the university.

Sitting in his expansive office in Nassau Hall — surrounded by bookshelves lined with law and philosophy books and framed photos of his family and friends — Eisgruber is reluctant to commit to any specific plans for Princeton’s future. But he says he is open to changing his mind on important issues and hopes the Princeton community will challenge his views.

“You make better decisions when you listen to a variety of viewpoints and sometimes get convinced that you were wrong about something,” said Eisgruber, 52.

Eisgruber, Princeton’s former provost, succeeds Shirley Tilghman, who stepped down last summer after 12 years as president. Princeton’s board of trustees gave Eisgruber the job after he secured the endorsement of a 17-member campus search committee that spent six months searching the country for a new president.

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