Princeton University installs Christopher Eisgruber as its new president

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 Christopher L. Eisgruber addresses a gathering at Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 as he is installed as the Ivy League school's 20th president. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Christopher L. Eisgruber addresses a gathering at Princeton University, in Princeton, N.J., Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 as he is installed as the Ivy League school's 20th president. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Princeton University officially welcomed Christopher Eisgruber as its new president today.

Eisgruber was installed Sunday as the Ivy League school’s 20th president during an outdoor ceremony in front of Nassau Hall. It was attended by hundreds, including past Princeton presidents and presidents of peer institutions, as well as members of the university community.

Eisgruber had been the university’s provost for nine years when a search committee elected him in April as the successor to Shirley M. Tilghman, who returned to Princeton’s faculty after 12 years at the university’s helm.

Eisgruber received a degree in physics from Princeton in 1983 and earned a law degree from the University of Chicago. He worked as a clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens and taught at New York University’s School of Law before joining the Princeton faculty in 2001.

Today’s installation, which included a swearing in ceremony, was ceremonial. Eisgruber assumed office on July 1, 2013.

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