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Northwestern forms search committee for new Buffett Institute director

Madeline Fox, Assistant Campus Editor

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Northwestern is launching a national search for the new director of the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, which was established by a more than $100 million gift.

The institute is seeking a new director to oversee the transformation of the Buffett Center into a hub for global research and education following the gift by Roberta Buffett Elliott (Weinberg ’54) in January. The donation, the largest single gift in NU history, will fund fellowships, travel, research, interdisciplinary professorships and scholarships for international students.

University President emeritus Henry Bienen will lead the search, which will be assisted by the search firm Russell Reynolds Associates. The search committee includes Executive Vice President Nim Chinniah, Kellogg Dean Sally Blount and former Buffett Center director Hendrik Spruyt. The committee will convene this spring.

The institute will “take the scope and impact of our global programs to a whole new level,” University President Morton Schapiro said when NU announced Elliott’s gift on Jan. 28.

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