Former Cornell Provost Don M. Randel was inaugurated yesterday as the 12th president of the University of Chicago.
Randel joined Chicago on July 1, succeeding Hugo F. Sonnenschein, who retired after seven years at the helm. Randel was officially installed during a convocation in the university’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
In the words of William Rainey Harper, Chicago’s first president, Randel urged the Chicago community to proceed with him as “one in spirit [but] not necessarily one in opinion.”
“The making of a university is a collective spirit,” he said. “It places the responsibility of the university squarely on the university itself.”
Edgar Jannotta, chair of Chicago’s Board of Trustees, presided over the induction ceremony.
“I can testify that he is fully engaged as president of the university,” Jannotta said. “Don Randel appreciates and understands the unique character of this university. He will be an outstanding leader.”