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John Sexton

John Sexton

John Sexton was designated President of New York University in 2001. He is also NYU’s Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and Dean Emeritus of the Law School.During his Presidency, the University’s reach and stature have grown tremendously. President Sexton oversaw the University’s largest increase in the number of Arts and Science faculty; applications for undergraduate admissions have reached record levels; and, in 2008, NYU finished the most successful completed fundraising campaign in the history of American higher education.A signature of his tenure has been the emergence of NYU as a Global Network University, with a unique network of 12 international academic centers and a liberal arts campus in Abu Dhabi and another campus being established in Shanghai.Other milestones include an affiliation with Polytechnic University and the establishment of the Center for Urban Science and Progress in downtown Brooklyn.President Sexton is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a member of the Association of American Universities. He is past Chair of the American Council on Education, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of New York. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Chair of the Federal Reserve Systems Council of Chairs. He also serves on the Board of the Institute of International Education.He is an author of the nation’s leading casebook on Civil Procedure. He served as law clerk to U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger and to Judges David Bazelon and Harold Leventhal of the U.S. Court of Appeals.President Sexton received a Bachelor’s degree in history, a Master’s degree in comparative religion and a Ph.D. in the history of American religion, all from Fordham University. He received a law degree magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. The recipient of a number of honorary degrees, he was named a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur, France’s national order of the Legion of Honor.