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Princeton names provost its 20th president

PRINCETON, N.J. — Provost Christopher Eisgruber credits Princeton University with helping influence the way he has led his life. Now, he will get the opportunity to influence the direction of the school.

Princeton introduced Eisgruber as its 20th president Sunday, promoting a graduate and veteran in-house administrative hand to lead the Ivy League school.

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Eisgruber is a former Rhodes Scholar and a constitutional expert who has spent the last nine years as Princeton’s provost, or chief academic and budget officer. He will take ­office July 1, succeeding Shirley Tilghman, who announced last fall she planned to step down after 12 years.

Eisgruber said he would focus on several key issues, citing his commitment to creating greater ‘‘diversity and inclus­ivity’’ and stressing the importance of a liberal arts education. He also discussed how the school could use online education to reach more people.

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