A member of Mayor Rahm Emanuels Economic Development and Planning Committee, Henry Bienen launched his career in academics at Princeton University in 1966 as an assistant professor. In 1994, he was elected President of Northwestern University and currently serves as President Emeritus. Mr. Bienen is one of the first three university presidents awarded the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award for innovative leadership in higher education, Chairman of the Board of Rasmussen College and on the board of the Chicago Public Schools.
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The authors consider the impact of the financial crisis on financial aid and the ability to attract lower-income students to higher education, as well as the importance of defending the liberal arts and global education in the face of pressure toward vocational education and cost cutting.
Nonprofit public universities such as the University of California are cutting access because of cost pressures, and many students are now failing to find suitable places in state and community colleges. For-profit colleges offer these students paths to better careers and higher earnings.
A profile of Henry Bienen in Northwestern Magazine
After 14 years as president of Northwestern University, Dr. Bienen has retired. But retirement is an opportunity to free up time for a multitude of other endeavors, one of which is vice chairman of privately-held Rasmussen College and Deltak.