Deborah Prentice, provost of Princeton University and the Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs, has been nominated to be the next Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. She would be the first American to fill the top academic and administrative role at the university, among the world’s oldest, which was founded in 1209.
Her nomination by the Cambridge University Council for a seven-year term beginning July 1 will be considered Oct. 7 of this year by the Regent House, the body comprising Cambridge’s academic and senior administrative staff.
Prentice has spent her 34-year academic career at Princeton, the last five as provost. She was dean of the faculty from 2014 to 2017 and chair of the Department of Psychology for the 12 years prior.
“Debbie Prentice is a brilliant choice to be the next Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University,” said Princeton President Christopher L. Eisgruber. “She combines wisdom, skill, collegiality, and scholarly values, and she has been a spectacularly good provost, dean, and department chair at Princeton.