Shattuck to Lead CEU Through 25th Anniversary Year Before Stepping Down

Budapest, Sept. 14, 2015 – CEU President and Rector John Shattuck announced today he will step down at the end of this coming academic year, following CEU’s 25th anniversary. Shattuck will have served seven years in office by August 2016, the term he agreed to in 2013 when the university asked him to extend beyond his original four-year contract.

“I look forward to leading CEU through its 25th anniversary year, “ said Shattuck in a letter to the CEU community. “This will be my capstone year as President and Rector. We have an exciting agenda ahead of us. We are reinvigorating our open society mission, the relevance of which is dramatically illustrated by the refugee crisis and challenges to democracy,” he said.

He noted the progress on redeveloping CEU’s downtown Budapest campus, and the international recognition CEU is receiving for its academic excellence in teaching and research. For example, CEU’s new interdisciplinary programs in cognitive science and network science are widely recognized as among the best in the world.

“I’m grateful for all the creativity and hard work that members of the CEU community are contributing to this exciting and far-reaching agenda,” Shattuck’s letter concluded, “and I look forward to working with you to make the coming year a time of continuing transformation and achievement for our university.”

Shattuck said he intends to return to the US, where he will write a book about the problems of democracy, including issues discussed during this year’s Frontiers of Democracy conferences that are scheduled as a highlight of the university’s 25th anniversary celebrations.

CEU Board Chairman Leon Botstein praised Shattuck for his seven-year leadership of the University. "On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I would like to express our admiration and gratitude for the years of John Shattuck's outstanding service as President and Rector of CEU. We had hoped that he might serve longer, but we knew that it was always his intention to step down after seven years in Budapest at the end of this academic year. John Shattuck has guided CEU through a difficult and demanding time with wisdom, integrity and consummate diplomacy. Under his leadership CEU has become stronger and more stable; it has gained wide respect and recognition; its mission has been sharpened; a School of Public Policy has come into being, as well as an Institute of Advanced Study and new interdisciplinary fields such as Cognitive Science and Network Science; the administration has been strengthened; major fundraising undertaken; and a massive campus redevelopment has begun. We wish him, Ellen and his entire family the very best in the years ahead."

John Shattuck bio: https://people.ceu.edu/john_shattuck

Ellen Hume bio: https://people.ceu.edu/ellen_hume