Morton Owen Schapiro

  • Williams College

Morton Owen Schapiro is president of Williams College, a position he has held since 2000. He is leaving Williams this summer to become president of Northwestern University. Morty was dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and professor of economics at the University of Southern California from 1994 to 2000. He is co-author or editor of several books, including most recently College Success: What it Means and How to Make it Happen (2008) and College Access: Opportunity or Privilege? (2006), both with Michael McPherson. Other books include The Student Aid Game: Meeting Need and Rewarding Talent in American Higher Education (1998), also with Michael McPherson and Paying the Piper: Productivity, Incentives, and Financing in U.S. Higher Education (1993), with Michael McPherson and Gordon Winston. Morty has presented papers at several Forum symposia, including “Middle Income Melt” in 1992, and “Are We Keeping College Affordable” and “Tenure Issues in Higher Education,” both with Michael McPherson in 1996 and 1998, respectively. Morty has co-chaired the Ford Policy Forum with Michael McPherson since its inception in 2000. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania.