University of Rochester
Sarah C. Mangelsdorf, an experienced academic leader
recognized for her work on issues of academic quality, educational access, and
diversity and inclusion at some of the nation’s leading public and private
institutions, has been named the 11th president of the University of Rochester.
Presently the provost at the University of
Wisconsin–Madison, she is also a professor of psychology who is internationally
known for her research on the social and emotional development of infants and
young children. Mangelsdorf will be the first woman to lead the University when
she formally takes office July 1, 2019. She will succeed Richard Feldman as the
University’s chief executive.
Mangelsdorf currently serves as the chief operating officer
at Wisconsin, where her responsibilities include oversight of all academic
programs and budget planning for 12 schools and colleges, including Education,
Business, Engineering, and Graduate Studies, as well as the Schools of Medicine
and Public Health and of Nursing, which are affiliated with UW Health, the
integrated health system of the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Her current portfolio also includes faculty and staff
development and personnel matters, student life, enrollment management,
information technology, libraries, diversity and inclusion, international
engagement, and sustainability, among others.
She served as dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and
Sciences at Northwestern University before becoming provost at Wisconsin in
2014. She began her academic career at the University of Michigan and in 1991
moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she later was
dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
A Pennsylvania native, Sarah Mangelsdorf graduated from
Oberlin College in 1980 and earned her doctorate in child psychology from the
University of Minnesota in 1988. She is a third-generation academic: her
father, Paul C. Mangelsdorf Jr., was a professor of physics at Swarthmore
College and her grandfather, Paul C. Mangelsdorf, was a professor of botany at
She and her husband, Karl Rosengren, a developmental
psychologist who is also a professor of psychology at Wisconsin, have two
children, Julia Rosengren and Emily Rosengren, and a son-in-law, Richard Lee.
The family also includes a cat, named Gezellig (from a Dutch word meaning
“cozy”) by Julia and Emily after the family returned to the United States from
a year-long sabbatical in the Netherlands.
“I’m immensely excited to be joining the University of
Rochester, and I am looking forward to working with our outstanding faculty,
students, staff, and alumni, and with the members of the greater Rochester
community,” Mangelsdorf said. “Rochester has a distinguished record of
innovation and influence, and I am honored that the University’s trustees have
put their faith in me. I am grateful to my predecessors, most recently Richard
Feldman, who have established a strong foundation for Rochester’s future
success, and I’m committed to moving the institution even further in its mission
to make the world ‘ever better.’” She added, “Karl and I are excited about this
new chapter. Of course, we’re organizing our shopping list for Wegmans, but we
are really looking forward to getting to know the University and the community
and to learning more about the region and its history.”
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