"I am delighted that Dr. Celeste
Schenck will assume the presidency of The American
University of Paris at this pivotal time in its history.
Already known for academic innovation, commitment to
teaching in combination with scholarly work, and its
unique multi-cultural learning environment, AUP will
benefit enormously from Dr. Schenck's deep commitment to
its values. I am confident that working with the
faculty, staff, students, and trustees she will lead the
university to even greater excellence as it emerges as a
model of higher education for the twenty-first century."
The Board of Trustees has
voted to appoint Dr. Celeste Schenck as the twelfth President of The
American University of Paris. The appointment was announced in Paris
by Board Chair Judith Ogilvie, immediately following the Board meeting
vote, as she also expressed the Board’s appreciation to Dr. Schenck
and its unanimous support for her Presidency.
assumes her duties as President with immediate effect.
Having served the University most recently as Provost,
she has held several vice-presidential positions at AUP.
Formerly she served as Dean of the University and Vice
President for Academic Affairs, Vice President for
Academic Innovation and Development, and Vice President
for Academic and Grant Planning. A member of the faculty
since 1990, and a Professor of Comparative Literature,
she has been a resident of France for 18 years.
received her B.A. from Princeton University, and her
M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. She has published
widely on women’s autobiography, poetry, critical
theory, and educational and pedagogical issues, and is
author of Mourning and Panegyric: The Poetics of
Pastoral Ceremony (Penn State Press, 1988) and
coeditor of Life/Lines: Theorizing Women’s
Autobiography (Cornell, 1989). At Barnard College,
where she held the first Ann Whitney Olin Junior Chair,
she was founder and coeditor of two national series, the
Barnard New Women Poets Series, published by Beacon
Press, and Reading Women Writing, an imprimatur of
Cornell University Press. As a scholar at Barnard
College, she was awarded a Bunting Fellowship at
Radcliffe College, Harvard University.
Schenck began working on postcolonial fiction and
international development issues, notably the role of
literature in recording the experience of participants
in the development process. While at AUP, she published
two collections with colleague Dr. Susan Perry: Eye
to Eye: Women Practising Development Across Cultures
(Zed, 2000), and a special issue of Signs: Journal of
Women, Culture and Society devoted to new development
administrator and leader in global higher education, Dr.
Schenck founded, provided leadership, and secured
funding for AMICAL, a consortium of American
universities across Europe, the Middle East, Central
Asia, and North Africa holding in common the mission of
sharing electronic resources, technologies, curricular
projects, and student and faculty exchanges across 20
institutions, 17 countries, and 15 languages. She is
currently writing a collection of essays on the
internationalization of higher education.