"I am honored to be selected Vice Chair of the AAU. By the discoveries they make, the new knowledge they generate, and the students they educate, America’s leading research and teaching universities are vital to our nation’s future," President Gutmann said. "There is no more exciting place to be than on the cusp of discovery and the AAU has a proud history of supporting and advancing vitally important work that benefits all Americans."
After becoming Penn’s eighth president, Gutmann established herself as a national leader in the effort to facilitate greater access to higher education, making Penn the largest university to establish a no-loan guarantee that has become a national model, and significantly expanding the number of low-income students attending the University. She pushed Penn to the forefront in civic engagement, exemplified by the creation of Penn Park, a 24-acre urban oasis connecting the campus to center city Philadelphia.