Ryan Family gift for applied economics honors Northwestern President Emeritus Morton Schapiro – Northwestern Now

by | Sep 16, 2022 | Financial

A gift from the Patrick G. ’59, ’09 H and Shirley W. Ryan ’61, ’19 H (’97, ’00 P) Family will establish the Morton Schapiro Center for Applied Economics at Northwestern University’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The gift honors Morton Schapiro, one of the nation’s leading higher education economists, who became Northwestern’s president emeritus in September after 13 years leading the University. During Schapiro’s tenure, Northwestern rose to a position among the top 10 universities in the country, with record-high rankings for many of its individual schools and departments. Undergraduate applications nearly doubled, representation from underrepresented student groups doubled, and annual funding for sponsored research activity rose 86%. The University also transformed its campuses through nearly 50 major construction projects. “With this gift, we wish to honor Morty’s commitment to the field of economics and the strong legacy he will leave at Northwestern,” said Pat Ryan, University trustee. “As president, Morty led Northwestern through one of its most transformative and sustained periods of academic growth, and the University elevated its status as a premier institution for research and teaching.”Created from the Ryan Family’s historic $480 million gift, announced by the University in September 2021, the Morton Schapiro Center for Applied Economics will fuel innovative research made possible by the power of advanced computing and big data. At the cent …

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