We are sharing the following announcement from The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) and have credited the University of Chicago in our Guide to Colleges with a “green” entry in the Administrator column.
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) announced that University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer will receive its most prestigious award, in honor of the University’s national leadership and advocacy for free expression and academic freedom. ACTA, the leading independent nonprofit advocating for academic freedom, academic excellence, and accountability in higher education, will present President Zimmer with the 2017 Philip Merrill Award for Outstanding Contributions to Liberal Arts Education.
“In a campus climate with manifold reasons for concern about the present and future states of academic freedom, the fearless example set by the University of Chicago and its Chicago Principles have been a beacon for us all,” said Michael Poliakoff, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. “President Zimmer’s unwavering courage, character, and vision in defense of academic freedom today offers a model for all university leaders in search of a clear, articulate, and powerful commitment to first principles.”