Professor of Economics and Public Affairs
Past President of Princeton University
427 Robertson Hall
Harold T. Shapiro served as Princeton University's 18th president. Elected at a special Board of Trustees meeting on April 27, 1987, he was installed on January 8, 1988, and served in that capacity until June 2001. He came to Princeton from the University of Michigan where he served on the faculty for twenty-four years as professor of economics and public policy and as president from 1980-1988.
Shapiro, who received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton in 1964, now holds a faculty appointment as a professor of economics and public affairs.
He recently served as chair of the InterAcademy Council Committee on the Review of the International Panel on Climate Change and currently serves as chair of the IOM Committee reviewing the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine. He continues to serve on the Governing Board of the Institute for Advanced Study, DeVry, Inc. and the American Jewish Committee (AJC).
From July 1996 to October 2001 Shapiro served as chair of the National Bioethics Advisory Commission, which issued six major reports in the period 1996-2001. From 1990 to 1992, Shapiro served as a member and vice chair of President Bush's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. Along with William G. Bowen, his predecessor as President of Princeton, Shapiro edited Universities and Their Leadership (Princeton University Press, 1998), a compilation of papers presented at Princeton’s 250th Anniversary Conference on Higher Education in March 1996. His latest book, A Larger Sense of Purpose,is based on the 2003 Clark Kerr lectures (Princeton University Press, 2005). He is a member of the National Academy of Science the Institute of Medicine, and the American Philosophical Society, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts, and the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He received the Council of Scientific Society Presidents 2000 Citation for Outstanding Leadership, the William D. Carey Lectureship Award for Leadership in Science Policy in 2006, the Clark Kerr Award for Lifetime Achievement in Higher Education from the University of California Berkeley in 2009 and the National Academy Public Welfare Medal in 2012.