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Dr. Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, to Deliver Address at 156th Commencement

April 1, 2013

Dr. Morton Schapiro, President of Northwestern University, will deliver the address at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s 156th Commencement and receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters. The service will begin at 10 a.m. on May 17th, at First United Methodist Church in Evanston with a reception to follow.

Named the 16th president of Northwestern University on December 16, 2008, Dr. Schapiro began his term on September 1, 2009. He is a Professor of Economics in Northwestern's Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and School of Education and Social Policy.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to have Dr. Schapiro as our commencement speaker,” said Dr. Philip Amerson, president of Garrett-Evangelical. "His dedication to learning, expertise in the economics of higher education, and experiences as a person of faith make him the perfect person to provide our graduates with final thoughts as they leave Garrett-Evangelical. Moreover, we are honored to award Dr. Schapiro with an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.”

Dr. Schapiro is among the nation's leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and affordability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees on economic and educational issues and is widely quoted in the national media on those issues. In 2010, Dr. Schapiro was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the nation's oldest and most prestigious honorary societies. He previously was president of Williams College from 2000 to 2009.

Dr. Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and five books, and he has edited two others, most with his longtime co-author Michael McPherson. These include: The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (Princeton University Press 1998); Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives and Financing in Higher Education (also with Gordon Winston, University of Michigan Press 1993) and Keeping College Affordable: Government and Educational Opportunity (Brookings 1991), plus two recent edited volumes College Success: What It Means and How to Make It Happen (College Board 2008) and College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? (College Board 2006).

Dr. Schapiro received his bachelor's degree in economics from Hofstra University and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania.