As CEU President and Rector John Shattuck prepares to step down after seven years of outstanding service, the University is preserving his legacy by renaming the Center of Conflict, Negotiation and Recovery in honor of his visionary leadership of CEU. Canadian Michael Ignatieff was elected as CEU's fifth president and rector and will begin his term later this summer.
Under Shattuck, the University has made great strides: initiating a campus redevelopment; opening a School of Public Policy; achieving an international reputation for academic excellence, a rapid rise in student applications, and record fundraising success; establishing University-wide initiatives to address the refugee crisis and the future of democracy; and expanding its commitment to Roma in higher education. Shattuck oversaw the launch of the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and new degree programs in network science, business analytics, cultural heritage, finance, and public administration.
The Shattuck Center is a tribute to his lifelong dedication to human rights and civil liberties. Friends and colleagues have already committed $1 million to the Center. These contributions will seed an endowed fund for the annual operations of the Center over the next five years, and support the Center’s Holbrooke Fellows, named in memory of leading diplomat Richard Holbrooke, with whom Shattuck worked toward peace in Bosnia. With support from the U.S. State Department, Holbrooke Fellows carry forward the Center’s mission to develop new tools to help prevent conflict and aid in the recovery from violence. Shattuck founded the Center in 2012 as one of two inaugural policy centers at CEU’s new School of Public Policy. Today it serves as a focal point of the University’s policy work and outreach related to the Syrian conflict, in particular a project focused on early preparation for the rebuilding of Aleppo.
CEU invites our community and friends to support the Center.
See a compilation of photos documenting Shattuck's tenure as CEU President and Rector here