An update from Ramanan Raghavendran, Chair, University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees

Dear members of the Penn Community,

I write to share an update on the timeline for launching a search for Penn’s next President.

I want to first express my immense gratitude to Interim President J. Larry Jameson for his steady, thoughtful leadership during this time of transition at Penn. We are extremely fortunate to have the benefit of his vast experience and talents as we sustain Penn’s important missions and focus on the future. I am delighted to share that he has graciously agreed to remain in the role through academic year 2026, or until we have identified a successor.

More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to launching the next Presidential search, including opportunities to share your thoughts as members of the Penn community.

I was humbled to preside over this year’s Commencement for the first time in my role as Board Chair and found it to be a beautiful, celebratory end to what has been a challenging year. I wish all of you a restful and reenergizing summer.


Ramanan Raghavendran
Chair, University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees