Christopher L Eisgruber(opens in new tab/window) has served as Princeton University’s 20th president since July 2013. He served previously as Princeton's provost for nine years, beginning in 2004, after joining the Princeton faculty in 2001.
As president, Eisgruber has led efforts to increase the representation of low-income and first-generation students at Princeton and other colleges and universities. He has also been a leading voice in Washington and elsewhere for the value of research and liberal arts education. He has emphasized the importance of both free speech and inclusivity to Princeton’s mission; championed the University’s commitment to service; and launched initiatives designed to fortify Princeton’s connections to the innovation ecosystem in New Jersey and beyond.
Eisgruber received his AB in physics from Princeton in 1983, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He then earned an M.Litt in politics at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and a JD cum laude at the University of Chicago Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the law review. After clerking for US Court of Appeals Judge Patrick Higginbotham and US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, he taught at New York University's School of Law for 11 years.