Appleton university inaugurates its new president

Posted Sunday, October 27, 2013 --- 4:41 a.m.

APPLETON, Wis. (AP) -- A former Princeton University official has been named the 16th president of Lawrence University in Appleton.

Mark Burstein was formally inaugurated Saturday. The 52-year-old spent nine years at Princeton, where he was an executive vice president.

He now takes over at Lawrence, a liberal-arts school with 1,500 students.

In his inaugural address, Burstein recalled how Lawrence was founded in 1847 with a $10,000 commitment from a Boston businessman. He noted that the Fox Cities area has a larger population now than the entire state of Wisconsin did back then.

Burstein says the school must sustain its sense of creativity and continue to embrace the unknown.

Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna presented Burstein with a Green Bay Packers jersey with the number 16, reflecting Burstein's status as the school's 16th president.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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