It looks like there will be an important opening at the University of Pennsylvania. UPenn President Amy Gutmann, who has served as the university’s leader since 2004 and is the longest reigning president of the Ivy League institution in its long history, is expected to be nominated to be the next United States Ambassador to Germany. After leaving office in 2016, then-Vice President Biden had a lot of face time with Gutmann since he served as a professor at the school before he was elected President of the United States. So it shouldn’t come as a big surprise that President Biden would choose the UPenn leader to be one of our country’s most important diplomats.
As Jonah Charlton and Mary Tuyetnhi Tran report for The Daily Pennsylvanian in a piece entitled “Penn President Amy Gutmann to reportedly become the next U.S. ambassador to Germany,” “Gutmann’s father fled Germany in 1934 at the outset of the Holocaust and settled in the United States. His legacy has had a profound impact on his daughter, Gutmann told The Daily Pennsylvanian in 2013…Penn boasts significant ties to President Joe Biden, sparking early speculation that Gutmann could be tapped for a post in the Biden administration. Biden accepted an honorary professor position in 2017, referred to as a ‘Benjamin Franklin Presidential Practice Professor.’ He also established the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C.”
We applaud the selection of the University of Pennsylvania’s Amy Gutmann as our next United States Ambassador to Germany. She has served UPenn well over the last 17 years, helping make the university one of our nation’s most prestigious schools in the land. And we expect she’ll next serve our country well in our State Department. Congratulations, Amy Gutmann!
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