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April 11, 2011
Last week, the University of Pennsylvania was host to 29 university presidents and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for an event titled "Empowering Women to Change the World. " Penn president Amy Gutmann spoke to Inquirer staff writer Melissa Dribben about her hopes for women.   Question: Numerous high-level conferences have been held about empowering women. Does anything new ever come out of such meetings? Amy Gutmann: I think shining a steady spotlight on women's issues is very important.
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October 23, 2007 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann, president of the University of Pennsylvania, will stay on the job at least until 2014 - well past the end of the school's five-year, $3.5 billion fund-raising campaign announced last weekend, officials said yesterday. Gutmann, 57, who became president in June 2004, was given a five-year contract extension by Penn's board of trustees. The extension comes 20 months before her current five-year contract was set to expire and was announced Friday during the trustees' meeting.
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December 7, 2006 | By Susan Snyder INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The presidents of both the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton appeared on a list of about 30 nominees for president of Harvard published by the university's student newspaper earlier this week, but neither is saying she would jump at the opportunity. Both Penn president Amy Gutmann and Princeton president Shirley M. Tilghman declined comment yesterday, but through their spokeswomen left little doubt of their intentions. "She's been saying all along that she loves being Penn's president.
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October 16, 2004 | By Benjamin Y. Lowe INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann, the new president of the University of Pennsylvania, proposed a three-point plan yesterday to raise the Ivy League institution from "excellence to eminence" in teaching, research, and its relationship with the community. About 1,200 people attended Gutmann's investiture, a 90-minute ceremony that was part coronation, part political science seminar, and part pep rally. Most of those seated in Irvine Auditorium yesterday were representatives from 124 schools and academies from across the country.
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January 22, 2004 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The University of Pennsylvania today will name Amy Gutmann, Princeton's provost and a former candidate for Harvard's presidency, as Penn's next leader. Gutmann, 54, a political scientist, will take the reins at Penn in July, when current president Judith Rodin retires. Gutmann is highly respected in academic circles for her work on such charged topics as ethics in government, values in public education, politics driven by group interests, and America's legacy of racism. She has written eight books, given speeches the world over, and once sat down with President Clinton over dinner at the White House to discuss her views on improving public discourse on controversial issues in American society.
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September 1, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
  The University of Pennsylvania sharply increased the compensation package for its president, Amy Gutmann, from $1.46 million in 2010-11 to more than $2 million in 2011-12 - a pay boost of 43 percent, according to the university's latest tax filing. David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast and chairman of Penn's board of trustees, said in a statement that Gutmann's compensation "is very much performance driven, and speaks to the extraordinary success that she has had in recent years.
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May 9, 2012 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amy Gutmann will stay on as president of the University of Pennsylvania for another seven years under a contract extension, the board of trustees announced Tuesday morning. The trustees will vote on the five-year extension at its meeting on June 15, board chairman David L. Cohen said in a statement. The extension would keep Gutmann as president until June 2019, making her the second-longest serving president in the Ivy League school's history. "The trustees feel very strongly that Amy Gutmann is simply the best university president in the country," Cohen said in a prepared statement.
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July 18, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million donation to create a center that aspires to develop new energy policy by reframing the relationship between research and practice. The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will be named for donor Scott Kleinman and his wife, Wendy. He is a Wall Street private-equity manager and 1994 Penn alum. It will be directed by Mark Alan Hughes, a professor of practice at Penn's School of Design. Hughes was the city's first director of sustainability and is a former adviser to Mayor Nutter.
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December 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second area college president in a week to face criticism for participating in "die-in" protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday - their demonstration symbolizing the 41/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Members of the Penn police force who were working at the party and witnessed Gutmann's participation were "outraged," said Eric Rohrback, president of the 116-member Penn police officers' union.
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March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
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March 27, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Katlyn Grasso got to Penn knowing she could be a leader, her confidence fed by supportive parents and her all-girls high school. But she saw that many other young women were hesitant about raising their hands in class and volunteering for leadership roles. The 21-year-old Buffalo native has a plan to begin to change that - and Penn is going to fund it. Grasso is among five students announced Wednesday as the winners of the university's first "President's Engagement Prize. " Penn president Amy Gutmann created the awards in August with funding from the university's board of trustees.
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March 6, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two public-policy centers in the Philadelphia region are joining forces with the goal of improving civics education in schools. The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement, created in 2013 in collaboration with the National Constitution Center, has relocated from Arcadia University in Glenside to the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, the institutions announced Wednesday. The Rendell Center, a nonprofit led by Judge Marjorie O. Rendell of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, develops civics lessons for lower grades, while the Annenberg Center has worked with middle and high schools.
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December 16, 2014
ACROSS THE country this past weekend, thousands of people marched in protest of police actions against Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, adding to a steady drumbeat of protest that was ignited weeks ago when two separate grand juries refused to indict police in the deaths of the two black men. For many, this calls to mind a level of protest that this country hasn't seen in at least 50 years . . . and many would say that the issues are the...
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December 13, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann has become the second area college president in a week to face criticism for participating in "die-in" protests held by students. Gutmann lay on the floor with student protesters when they took over her holiday party Tuesday - their demonstration symbolizing the 41/2 hours that the body of Michael Brown, a black teenager, remained on the street after he was shot in August by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. Members of the Penn police force who were working at the party and witnessed Gutmann's participation were "outraged," said Eric Rohrback, president of the 116-member Penn police officers' union.
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December 11, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dozens of student protesters went to a holiday party at the home of the University of Pennsylvania's president Tuesday, but spreading good cheer was not on their minds. Carrying signs - "Black Lives Matter" and "No PILOTs, No Peace" - the students protested the death of Michael Brown, the black man killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as well as Penn's refusal to make payments to help the city's cash-strapped public schools. Penn president Amy Gutmann joined in the Ferguson protest but did not back down from the university's position on the payments.
BUSINESS
July 18, 2014 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The University of Pennsylvania has received a $10 million donation to create a center that aspires to develop new energy policy by reframing the relationship between research and practice. The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy will be named for donor Scott Kleinman and his wife, Wendy. He is a Wall Street private-equity manager and 1994 Penn alum. It will be directed by Mark Alan Hughes, a professor of practice at Penn's School of Design. Hughes was the city's first director of sustainability and is a former adviser to Mayor Nutter.
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June 12, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Graduating from the University of Pennsylvania with a strong desire to change the world and an excellent plan for how to do it? A new Penn program may fund you. Penn president Amy Gutmann has created "engagement prizes" of up to $150,000 - $50,000 for living expenses and $100,000 for project execution - for students with the most promising plans to improve local, national, or global conditions in the year after their graduation. "We want to maximize the encouragement we can give our students who do well by doing good in the world," Gutmann said Tuesday.
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May 28, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
A woman has led the University of Pennsylvania for the last decade, but when it comes to commencement speakers, just about all have been men. Actress Jodie Foster addressed graduates in 2006 - the only woman since Amy Gutmann became president a decade ago. Only five women have had the honor in the last 30 years, though more than half Penn's students are women. "Wow! It's unfortunate that we are not putting female role models in front of those graduates at every opportunity, and this is one of those opportunities," said Lois Ferguson, president-elect of the North American Association of Commencement Officers (NAACO)
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February 7, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
TWO DAYS after the second student suicide in three weeks, University of Pennsylvania president Amy Gutmann said the school will hire three permanent counselors and three temporary counselors, calling demand for mental-health services at the school "greater than ever. " The death of sophomore Elvis Hatcher, 18, on Tuesday was ruled a suicide - three weeks after the suicide of freshman Madison Holleran. A total of four Penn students have died since the start of winter break, but official causes of death have not been released for the other two students.
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January 22, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
On her social media accounts, Madison Holleran presented herself as a happy 19-year-old freshman at the University of Pennsylvania and member of the varsity track-and-field team. The North Jersey native's last photograph on Instagram was a twilight scene of holiday lights still twinkling in the trees of Rittenhouse Square. She liked sharing pretty images of sunsets and sunrises, so there was nothing outwardly unusual about her post. An hour later on Friday, police said, she jumped from the roof of a nearby parking garage.
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