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President Robert A. Brown, whose 13 years of leadership have transformed the campus and elevated the profile, ranking, and endowment of Boston University, has agreed with the Board of Trustees to extend his contract for five additional years. Brown’s contract, previously scheduled to conclude on July 31, 2020, now runs through July 31, 2025.
Kenneth Feld (Questrom’70), chair of the Board of Trustees, says the board’s decision was unanimous and enthusiastic. “We all thought if Bob Brown were interested in staying on, it would be the best thing for the University,” says Feld. “Bob has been president for 13 years, and when you look at how far Boston University has come in that time, it’s amazing. The Moody’s ranking is higher than it’s ever been; there are 64,000 applicants for the freshman class; U.S. News & World Report has ranked BU number 37 among top national universities; the success of the Campaign for Boston University is well ahead of what anyone projected; and just look at the major research that’s being done. The executive team and the academic team that he put together are all part of this success.
“The list is too long to mention,” Feld continues. “The board sees all this, and they want Bob to continue to lead the way. We’re fortunate that he said yes, because there is still a lot of work to do, and his energy is better than ever. He’s committed to taking Boston University to a new level of excellence.”
“I am honored that the Board of Trustees supports the direction and momentum of Boston University and that they have the confidence in me to continue to lead this great institution,” says Brown. “I can think of no better way to conclude my academic career than to help this University continue to grow in quality, impact, and recognition. Beverly and I feel very good about the enormous progress of the University, driven by our faculty and staff, and we are excited about being part of the future of Boston University.”