M. Elizabeth Magill to become next president of Penn

Magill was the first female provost of UVA, once clerked for Ruth Bader Ginsburg
M. Elizabeth Magill
M. Elizabeth Magill has been nominated to serve as the next president of the University of Pennsylvania. Photo credit University of Virginia

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — M. Elizabeth Magill, who currently serves as executive vice president and provost of the University of Virginia, has been nominated to serve as the University of Pennsylvania’s ninth president.

She’ll assume her role on July 1, replacing Amy Gutmann, who has served as president for the past 18 years. Gutmann is likely to become the U.S. ambassador to Germany. She was tapped by President Joe Biden over the summer.

Magill graduated from Yale University and the University of Virginia School of Law, where she became the first female provost in 2019. Prior to that, she spent seven years as the dean of Stanford Law School and 15 years on faculty at UVA.

After graduating law school, Magill clerked for then U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who she said had a “profound impact on shaping her career.”

The Board of Trustees will vote on Magill’s nomination on March 4.

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