Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber was elected Princeton University's 20th president on April 21, 2013, and assumed office on July 1, 2013. A renowned constitutional scholar, he served as a member of the Princeton faculty for 12 years and as Princeton's provost for nine years before being named president.
Eisgruber, who grew up in Indiana and Oregon, received his A.B. in physics from Princeton in 1983, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned an M.Litt in politics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a J.D. cum laude at the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. After clerking for U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham and U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, he taught at New York University's School of Law for 11 years.
In 2001, Eisgruber joined the Princeton faculty as the director of the Program in Law and Public Affairs and the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the University Center for Human Values. He directed Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs from 2001 to 2004, and he served for a year as acting director of the Program in Ethics and Public Affairs in 2002-03.
In addition to writing and editing several books and publishing numerous articles on constitutional issues, Eisgruber has testified multiple times before legislative bodies on the issue of religious freedom. His books include "Constitutional Self-Government" (2001); "Global Justice and the Bulwarks of Localism: Human Rights in Context" (edited with Andras Sajo, 2005); "Religious Freedom and the Constitution" (with Lawrence Sager, 2007); and "The Next Justice: Repairing the Supreme Court Appointments Process" (2007).
Eisgruber was named Princeton's 11th provost in 2004 and in that capacity was the University's second-ranking official and its chief academic and budgetary officer.
As provost, Eisgruber was the general deputy to the president and chaired the Academic Planning Group (which oversees long-range academic planning), the Priorities Committee (which makes recommendations regarding the University's operating budget), and the executive committee of the Council of the Princeton University Community.
During his tenure, he played a central role in many key University initiatives, including broadening Princeton's international initiatives for students and faculty; increasing the diversity of the campus; guiding Princeton's entry into the online learning movement; and leading the University's efforts to cut costs during the recession in 2008 and 2009.
He is also a gifted teacher; among the courses he taught as provost was a freshman seminar titled "The Supreme Court and Constitutional Democracy." Before his appointment as provost, he served as a faculty representative on the Alumni Council Executive Committee and taught in the Alumni Studies program, and as provost he met frequently with alumni groups on campus and around the world.
Vice President for Campus Life
Cynthia Cherrey is in her first year as Vice President for Campus Life at Princeton, with oversight of the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students, the Department of Athletics, University Health Services, the Office of Religious Life, Career Services and the Pace Center. She also will seek ways, in collaboration with the Graduate School, to enhance the quality of graduate student life.
Cherrey has more than 30 years of experience in academic and student affairs, most recently at Tulane, where she helped lead the New Orleans school through one of the most challenging periods in its history. In addition,, she has held positions at USC, Denver and North Texas.
Cherrey, who was also the dean of students and a clinical professor in the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane, spent seven years at the school. Following Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Tulane was forced to close for a semester after sustaining at least $650 million in damages. Cherrey worked as part of the senior leadership team on recovery and renewal efforts. She has played a key role in integrating service learning into the curriculum and accelerating a residential college plan.
During her tenure at Tulane, Cherrey was responsible for the areas of Housing and Residence Life, Career Services, Student Employment, Dining Services, Bookstore, Greek Life, Student Programs, Counseling, Testing, Tutoring, Campus Recreation, Multicultural Affairs, Orientation, Leadership, and International Students and Scholars. Under her leadership, the Division of Student Affairs created new offices of Student Resources and Support, Violence Prevention, Orientation, and Parent Programs to deliver services and educational programs to the university community, and helped increase student diversity and retention.From 1989 to 2003, Cherrey worked at the University of Southern California, serving ultimately as an associate vice president for student affairs and as a clinical associate professor in the Rossier School of Education. She received several honors there, including the Mahogany Leadership Award from the Black Student Assembly and Faculty of the Year by the Order of Omega. She led undergraduate courses in communication studies and graduate courses in educational administration and policy. At Tulane, she has taught primarily a freshman class on leadership and politics.An authority on organizational leadership, Cherrey has been president since 2000 of the International Leadership Association, a global network of leadership scholars and practitioners. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in areas of leadership, organizational development and higher education. She also has served as co-editor of a publication series and co-written a book about leadership. She has been a speaker at conferences and events in the United States and abroad.
Cherrey was an invited participant in the W.K. Kellogg Leadership project to advance leadership knowledge, education and practice for the 21st century. She is a senior fellow at the James McGregor Burns Academy of Leadership, and was a recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
A native of Minnesota who grew up as one of eight children on a family farm, Cherrey is a graduate of St. Cloud State University. She earned her Ph.D. in communication studies with a concentration in organizational leadership and management from the University of Denver.
Mollie Marcoux '91
The Ford Family Director of Athletics
Mollie Marcoux, one of the top female student-athletes in Princeton University history and a woman who has played an integral role in the creation and management of the sports complexes of Chelsea Piers, is the University's Ford Family Director of Athletics.
"Princeton has a proud and distinguished history of excellence in athletics and a deep respect for the powerful impact that athletics can have on the education and character of the students who participate. I am confident that Mollie Marcoux will build on these traditions and values and provide strong leadership for all of our varsity, club and recreational programs," said Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, who made the appointment. "Not surprisingly, we had a very strong pool of candidates, and we are delighted that Mollie has agreed to apply her formidable talents and energies to these important new responsibilities."
Marcoux graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1991 after majoring in history and writing her thesis on the history of women in sports from 1895 to 1946. She was a two-sport varsity athlete, earning four letters each in soccer and ice hockey. As a varsity ice hockey player, she was named Ivy League rookie of the year in 1988, earned first-team all-Ivy honors four times, was named the team's most valuable player three times, was elected team captain her senior year, was a first team all-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) selection and a member of the ECAC team of the decade, and in 1999 she was named to the Ivy League's silver anniversary ice hockey team. When she graduated she was Princeton's all-time leading scorer and she still ranks first in most goals in a season with 35. She also earned second-team all-Ivy honors in soccer in 1987.
As a senior Marcoux was awarded the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award for "high scholastic rank, sportsmanship and general excellence in athletics" and the Patty Kazmaier Award as the member of the ice hockey team who made the greatest contribution to the program and exemplified such characteristics as "loyalty …, determination and perseverance under adverse conditions."
Following graduation, Marcoux served as assistant athletic director, assistant dean of admissions, assistant housemaster and coach of girls' ice hockey and soccer at the Lawrenceville School. In her honor Lawrenceville established the Mollie Marcoux Award to recognize the female hockey player who best exemplifies excellence in athletics and academics.
Marcoux began her 19-year career with Chelsea Piers Management, the company that owns and operates two world-class amateur sports complexes, Chelsea Piers New York and Chelsea Piers Connecticut, when its first facility opened in 1995. She quickly moved into senior management positions, becoming first vice president for strategic planning and general manager for the Piers' largest sports venue. In these roles she managed hundreds of employees (including senior directors, managers and high-level coaches) and developed extensive and cutting-edge sports programming for athletes of all ages and abilities. She founded and served as executive director of the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund, which since its inception has provided more than 2,000 scholarships to make athletic opportunities available to children in need. Most recently she has served as executive vice president and executive director of Chelsea Piers' 400,000-square-foot multi-venue sports complex in Connecticut, a facility with 375 employees, including a number of highly ranked professional athletes, Olympians, former collegiate coaches, former Ivy League and Division I athletes and sports industry leaders.
"As an undergraduate, Mollie Marcoux was both an exceptional student and one of the most extraordinary athletes in Princeton history," said Eisgruber, "and since graduation she has demonstrated both executive and leadership abilities at one of the country's leading secondary schools and one of its premier venues for recreational and amateur sports. But more compelling than her accomplishments, as impressive as they are, are the qualities of integrity, enthusiasm, determination, creativity, and the passion for her work, for athletics, and for Princeton that were cited again and again throughout our search by people who have worked with her and known her."
Marcoux and her husband, Andrew Samaan, are the parents of three children, aged 11, 9 and 5.