Henry Bienen

  • Northwestern University

Henry Bienen is president of Northwestern University, a position he has held since 1995—and from which he will step down later this summer. Prior to that, he was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Henry began his association with Princeton as an assistant professor in 1966. He is a member of the boards of directors of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award for innovative leadership in higher education. Henry has been a consultant to several companies and foundations, as well as to the U.S. Department of State (1972-88), the National Security Council (1978-79), the Agency for International Development (1980-81), the Central Intelligence Agency (1982-88), and the World Bank (1981-89). Henry earned his Ph.D. in political science at the University of Chicago.