Founding director of the University Center for Human Values, Amy Gutmann, began her tenure as U.S. ambassador to Germany on February 17. Following her nomination by President Biden in July 2021, she was confirmed by the Senate on February 8, 2022. Gutmann is a leading scholar in democratic political theory and the ethics of public life. She joined Princeton in 1976 and held various roles of distinction including: the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship, 1987 to 1990; dean of the faculty, 1995 to 1997; academic adviser to the president, 1997 to 1998; Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values, 1990 to 2004; and provost, 2001 to 2004. Dr. Gutmann was the director of the University Center for Human Values from 1990 to 1995. She left Princeton in 2004 to become the eighth president of the University of Pennsylvania; a position she held for 18 years.
Dr. Gutmann is the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to Germany and her new post is located in Berlin.
Read a statement by Ambassador Gutmann here.