Morton O. Schapiro

  • Northwestern University

Morty Schapiro began his term as the 16th president of Northwestern University on September 1, 2009. He is a professor of economics in Northwestern’s Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and also holds appointments in the J. L. Kellogg School of Management and the School of Education and Social Policy. He previously served as the president of Williams College. Schapiro is among the nation’s leading authorities on the economics of higher education, with particular expertise in the area of college financing and afford­ability and on trends in educational costs and student aid. He has testified before U.S. Senate and House committees on economic and educational issues and is widely quoted in the national media on those topics. Schapiro has written more than 100 articles and he has written or edited nine books. Schapiro has presented many papers at Forum symposia – at Aspen, Asilomar, and Annapolis — starting with “Middle Income Melt” in 1992. Schapiro served on the Forum board for many years and co-chaired our Ford Policy Forum.