Michael A. Fitts
People to Watch Class of 2014
JEFFERY JOHNSTON PHOTOGRAPH
President, Tulane University
In addition to welcoming its new freshman class and the brand-new state-of-the-art Yulman stadium, Tulane University welcomes another highly acclaimed individual: its new president Michael A. Fitts, former dean of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania Law School.
“There is no greater honor than serving as president of Tulane University,” Fitts says. “The fact that Tulane is located in one of the country’s most culturally rich, historically significant and widely beloved cities makes furthering this critical academic mission even more exciting.”
Leaving Penn was a challenge, he says – his roots to the school run deep, as his grandfather was dean of the Wharton School and his father was head of surgery at the medical school. Fitts spent his entire career at Penn before accepting his current position. “My experience has made me incredibly excited about this new chapter in life,” he says, adding that Tulane University and New Orleans are intellectually and socially vibrant settings.
Fitts looks forward to welcoming the new class to campus this fall, attending the first football game in the new Yulman Stadium, “becoming a New Orleanian” and helping Tulane “realize its fullest potential as a university and a partner in the continued renaissance of the city.”