Since Princeton is a college town, no one should be surprised that three former college presidents live in town — and all are still active in various pursuits. Former Princeton president William Bowen, 76, above right, is founding chairman of the board of Ithaka Harbors, a New York-based not-for-profit organization (there also is an office at 100 Campus Drive) that helps the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record. He serves on the boards of JSTOR/Ithaka and ARTstor (online academic archiving) and is also the co-chairman of the Research Alliance for New York City Schools and a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The successor to William Bowen at Princeton, Harold Shapiro, 73, remains deeply involved in the academic community. He serves on the board of trustees at the Institute for Advanced Study, is chairman of the board at DeVry University, and is a professor of economics at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School.
In the past few years Shapiro has been part of the IAS Decadal Review, a 10-year assessment of how well the Institute for Advanced Study is fulfilling its mission. He also has written several books on higher education; is an elected Member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Philosophical Society; is a fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia; is an active member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts; and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
He serves on a number of boards of charitable, medical and educational institutions, including the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and DeVry.
Neil Rudenstine, 75, is back in Princeton after serving as president of Harvard University from 1991 to 2001. Rudenstine now serves as chair of the Advisory Board for ARTstor, a digital image library for education and scholarship (artstor.org).