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Meliora Weekend: The Inauguration of Sarah C. Mangelsdorf - The University's Eleventh President

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  • Location:
    Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
  • Date:
    Friday, October 4, 2019
  • Time:
    2:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Event Description

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 Harvard University.

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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