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Stewart honored at dedication of new business school facility
On Friday, the Tulane community came together to recognize Stewart’s lifelong commitment to the university by dedicating the business school’s new facility in downtown New Orleans in his honor.

Thrive Global: Tips From The Top: One On One With Michael Fitts, President of Tulane University
I spoke to Michael Fitts, President of Tulane University, about his best advice

Tulane Today: Tulane, Delgado sign transfer student agreement
Tulane University’s School of Professional Advancement (SoPA) and Delgado Community College recently signed a transfer student agreement that creates a pathway for Delgado graduates to complete bachelor’s degrees at Tulane.

U.S. News and World Report: Apple CEO Tim Cook to Address Tulane's Spring Commencement
Tulane President Mike Fitts said in a Thursday statement that Cook represents the kind of success the university wants for all of its graduates.

Tulane Today: Tulane sees record applications as students worldwide apply to university
The good news just keeps coming from Tulane’s Office of Undergraduate Admission as applications from some of the country’s most academically accomplished and diverse students continue to arrive at a record pace.

Tulane Today: Board member, law alumna Phyllis Taylor donates $5 million for Presidential Chair
Tulane University has received a $5 million commitment for the funding of a Presidential Chair from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation.

Tulane Today: President Fitts spreads holiday cheer to deserving staff members
The 2018 President’s Staff Excellence Awards were recently presented to several of Tulane University’s staff members who best represent high achievement in their contributions to the university. Tulane’s record showing in Cure Bowl leads to $4,100 donation from university president
Tulane president Michael Fitts made a donation to cancer research that might have been larger than expected.

Tulane Today: TUPD opens new downtown station
A ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 7, marked the opening of the new Tulane University Police Department headquarters located in the downtown medical district.

Tulane Today: Elizabeth Brown named Tulane chief of staff
The chief of staff is a critical leadership role that serves as a senior advisor and thought partner to the president, advancing the mission and strategic goals of Tulane by engaging with the Board of Administrators, working collaboratively across the institution, and serving to maximize and coordinate the efforts of the president, the board, and the university’s senior leadership team.

New Wave: Event offers transparency in campus reports of sexual misconduct
During the fourth annual Shifting the Paradigm event held Tuesday evening on the uptown campus, the Tulane community received an update on the university’s efforts to end sexual violence on campus.

New Wave: President Fitts thanks faculty, staff for Tulane’s success
During Tulane University’s annual State of the University address on Friday, President Mike Fitts recognized the dedication of faculty and staff members who make Tulane one of the nation’s premier research institutions.

New Wave: Tulane University among the best in US News rankings
Tulane University once again ranked among the nation’s top universities in the 2019 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings, which were released Monday.

New Wave: Tulane President addresses national media at D.C. Press Club
Tulane University President Mike Fitts joined national higher education reporters and leaders from other top universities for a wide-ranging conversation on critical issues facing universities during a special President’s Dinner Thursday night at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C

New Wave: President’s Convocation welcomes Class of 2022 to Tulane
Gathering together for the first time, the Class of 2022 streamed into McAlister Auditorium for the President’s Convocation as the Tulane University Marching Band provided one of many warm welcomes that the students received as new Tulanians.

New Wave: Tulane University celebrates another record-breaking fundraising year
Tulane University has posted another year of record-breaking fundraising, bringing in more than $150 million and exceeding last year’s previous all-time high by almost $25 million. 

Southern Jewish Life: Tulane President Fitts visits Israel to explore expanded collaboration
With a large Jewish student population, Tulane University has always had close ties with Israeli institutions.

New Wave: Tulane president visits Israel to explore collaboration opportunities
Tulane University President Mike Fitts is among a delegation of presidents of American universities and colleges visiting Israel this week to learn about technological innovation and boost bilateral academic research and exchange opportunities.

My New Orleans: Philanthropic Fun: Eradicating an Epidemic
This year’s other honorees include Tulane University President Michael A. Fitts for Excellence in Prevention.

New Wave: Illuminating ‘The Power of Tulane’
In the Academic Year in Review, Tulane University President Mike Fitts presents an exclusive look at the university’s achievements during the 2017–18 academic year. Tulane University President Mike Fitts' contract extended to 2023
The Board of Tulane University announced Monday (June 11) that a new contract with President Mike Fitts will extend his leadership at the Uptown school through June 30, 2023.

New Wave: Tulane University secures President Mike Fitts through 2023 academic year
Citing his transformative leadership and a host of achievements that have dramatically increased Tulane University’s national ranking and reputation, the Board of Tulane announced a new contractual agreement with President Mike Fitts that will run through the academic year ending June 30, 2023.

New Wave: Interdisciplinary scholar and program builder named new liberal arts dean at Tulane
Brian Edwards, an interdisciplinary scholar and author, has been named the new dean of Tulane University’s School of Liberal Arts, effective July 1. 

New Wave: Tulane names renowned global architect as new dean
Iñaki Alday, the Elwood R. Quesada Professor of Architecture at the University of Virginia, has been named the new dean of the Tulane University School of Architecture, effective Aug.1.

New Wave: The Class of 2022 makes its mark
Members of the Class of 2022 won’t officially arrive until the start of the fall semester, but the students are already making a remarkable first impression.

New Wave: Former Johns Hopkins director, GW department chair named dean of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
Thomas LaVeist, a national expert on issues related to equity and health, has been named dean of Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

New Wave: Tulane, National Wildlife Federation issue recommendations for a more resilient New Orleans
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and the Tulane University ByWater Institute have released recommendations on how the City of New Orleans can actively build coastal resiliency across the metro region.

New Wave: National Book Award winner, TIME honoree Jesmyn Ward to address Tulane graduates
Two-time National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward, who has been hailed as the heir to William Faulkner and one of TIME magazine’s Most Influential People of 2018, will deliver the keynote address for Tulane University’s Commencement at 9 a.m., May 19 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

New Wave: Tulane Giving Day a huge success
Tulane University’s first-ever giving day was a huge success, with donors from all over the world coming together to make more than 2,100 gifts to support Tulane’s bold future.

New Wave: Tulane celebrates employees' service and accomplishments
Nearly 400 university employees representing a combined 4,560 years of service, were invited by the Office of Human Resources to celebrate their milestone anniversaries as Tulane staff members during the annual Unified Recognition Event held Friday, April 6, at the Roosevelt Hotel.

New Wave: Kimberly Foster named dean of Tulane School of Science and Engineering
Kimberly Foster, a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), will become the new dean of the Tulane University School of Science and Engineering.

New Orleans Advocate: As Tom Benson grew older, his charitable giving expanded; see where his money went
“Would we have been able to build Yulman Stadium without him? Who knows?” Tulane President Michael Fitts said. “They were a major, major part of being able to bring back football to Uptown.”

New Wave: Tulane to help coastal communities facing challenges
In an effort to further develop solutions that can increase the resilience of coastal communities, the Greater New Orleans Foundation has awarded a $200,000 planning grant to The Water Institute of the Gulf for the establishment of a New Orleans-based Resilience Lab in collaboration with Tulane University’s ByWater Institute.

New Wave: Business school expansion reflects growing demand
With its striking glass facade, light-filled classrooms and towering central atrium, the Goldring/Woldenberg Business Complex at the A.B. Freeman School of Business is a spectacular addition to the uptown campus of Tulane University.

New Wave: Construction begins on new Tulane dining hall, home for Newcomb College Institute
Tulane University has begun construction on a new gathering space for the entire Tulane community, which President Mike Fitts has declared “spectacular.”

New Wave: Peace Corps names Tulane No. 1 producer of volunteers for 2018
For the fourth consecutive year, Tulane University is ranked first among graduate schools for the number of volunteers who join the Peace Corps.

New Wave: Tulane is a top producer of Fulbright US Students
For the second year in a row, Tulane University has been named one of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Students.

New Orleans Advocate: New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute breaks ground
The official groundbreaking on Jan. 16 drew nearly 200 civic and industry leaders, including Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and NOCHI partners Melvin J. Rodrigue of the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority and Tulane University President Michael Fitts.

Washington Post: Two of every five undergraduate women at Tulane say they experienced sexual assault
Forty-one percent of undergraduate women at Tulane University say they have experienced a sexual assault since enrolling at the New Orleans school, according to survey results made public Wednesday.

New Wave: Results of sexual misconduct survey draw large crowd, emotional response
The extensive survey data, grouped by the respondents’ gender, race and sexual orientation and whether they were undergraduate or graduate students, presents a complex picture of sexual misconduct on the Tulane campus.

Politico: The new tax on Harvard
Mike Fitts, president of Tulane University, a private university in New Orleans that would not be hit with the endowment tax, said he nonetheless thinks it "will ultimately create a precedent and lead to taxation of nonprofits."

Politico: University presidents: We’ve been blindsided
Tulane University President Mike Fitts says lower-income families look at universities as "gatekeepers to success in society." They shouldn't be made to feel like they’re shut out and their kids are shut out, he says. Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute reception honors latest Fellows graduation
The Norman C. Francis Leadership Institute celebrated the graduation of its 2017 Fellows at a reception on Dec. 18 at the home of Tulane University President Michael Fitts.

FOX News: University president: We know your kids are drinking and we need your help
Michael A. Fitts is president of Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

New Wave: President Fitts rewards deserving employees with a holiday surprise
This year, the awards were given to 12 honorees — outstanding Tulane staff members who exceeded expectations and contributed to the university by increasing productivity or cost savings within their departments.

New Orleans Advocate: Tulane announces $1.3 billion fundraising goal, says $820 million has been collected
“We’ve thrived, but always with fewer resources,” Tulane President Michael Fitts told supporters who gathered Friday for the launch of the public phase of the fundraising drive.

New Wave: Tulane University launches its most ambitious fundraising campaign with $1.3 billion goal
Tulane University launched Only the Audacious, The campaign for an ever bolder Tulane today. The campaign is the most ambitious fundraising endeavor in Tulane’s 184 years with a goal of raising $1.3 billion.

Politico: GOP tax plan rattles higher education
“I don’t think anybody expected this,” Tulane President Mike Fitts said. “I don’t think a month-and-a-half ago anybody expected this many and this level of changes in the support for higher education in the United States.”

New Wave: Indispensable free speech focus of talk by President Fitts
Free speech — in principle and practice — is essential to American democracy and higher education, posited Tulane President Mike Fitts this week as he delivered the Phi Beta Kappa fall lecture held at Tulane Law School.

The Wall Street Journal: Puerto Rico Sees Scores of College Students Leave in Hurricane’s Aftermath
Tulane has received about 500 applications so far for an offer to host Puerto Rican students next spring, said President Mike Fitts, and expects to enroll at least 50 once it reviews applicants for academic qualifications.

New Wave: President Fitts shares plans for Tulane’s future
Tulane President Mike Fitts kicked off Homecoming weekend on the uptown campus Friday with his annual President's Town Hall where he welcomed parents and alumni with whom he shared his vision for the university’s future.

New Wave: Faculty, staff Town Hall goes virtual
Faculty and staff can log on to an online Town Hall with Tulane President Mike Fitts on Nov. 1.

New Wave: Tulane addresses the issue of sexual assault
Welcoming open conversation concerning sexual violence’s impact, the event reinforced the university’s commitment to building a community through action, believing and supporting survivors and showing that sexual violence will not be tolerated.

New Wave: President’s photo contest winners announced
The votes have been tallied and the winners announced in the 2017 Presidential Photo Challenge that President Mike Fitts issued to all first-year students during Convocation.

New Wave: Tulane gets high marks in latest US News Best Colleges rankings
Tulane University is one of the country’s best institutions of higher education according to the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.

New Wave: Tulane University breaks fundraising record
Tulane experienced the best fundraising year in the school’s 183-year history in 2016-17 with more than 20,000 alumni, parents and friends donating to the university.

New Wave: College experience launches with Tulane tradition
The Class of 2021 is welcomed to Tulane University during the annual President's Convocation for New Students.

New Wave: ICYMI: State of the University address
President Fitts delivered the State of the University Address to faculty and staff on Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. Watch this video of highlights from his address, which includes information on the balanced budget, a new parental leave benefit, the extraordinary Class of 2021 and a record-breaking fundraising year.

New Wave: Tulane President presents State of the University address to faculty, staff
Faculty and staff received the latest on the university’s progress and financial standing directly from President Mike Fitts during the inaugural State of the University address

New Wave: Experience the ‘Power of Tulane’
“The Power of Tulane,” the university’s year in review, revisits the past academic year of 2016-17, and celebrates the people, places and programs that are Tulane University.

New Wave: Student hears big news from Tulane president
Tulane University senior Lilith Winkler-Schor was surprised to hear President Mike Fitts on the phone. Even more exciting was the news that she was one of 62 national recipients of the prestigious Truman Scholarship.

New Wave: Class of 2021 reflects Tulane’s most qualified applicants
Tulane University’s admitted first-year students for fall 2017 represent one of the most diverse and academically qualified in Tulane’s history. 

New Wave: Costa Rican President receives top honor
A day-long visit to the uptown campus Friday by Costa Rican President and Tulane University alumnus Luis Guillermo Solís, concluded with a private ceremony hosted by Tulane President Mike Fitts, who awarded Solís the Tulane President’s Medal.

New Wave: Tulane President spreads holiday cheer to staff
"What do you do for someone who represents the best of your university? You give them the President’s Staff Excellence Award."

New Wave: Keeping it all in the family: Tulane breaks ground on Mussafer Hall
"Mussafer Hall will be one of the most important stops on admissions tours – a window into Tulane’s college experience for prospective students and their parents."

New Wave: Presidential Town Hall addresses university issues
"It’s a great time to be at Tulane University," said President Mike Fitts in opening the annual Homecoming Town Hall on Friday (Oct. 28).

New Wave: Renovated LBC food court celebrates grand reopening
Tulane Dining Services and Sodexo, the university’s food service provider, officially reopened the renovated food court in the Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life on Tuesday (Sept. 27).

New Wave: Inspiration guides photo challenge winners
Five lucky students and their plus-one will dine with Tulane University President Mike Fitts Saturday (Sept. 24) as their prize for being selected as winners in the 2016 Presidential Photo Challenge.

New Wave: Panel to address the current political landscape
Two representatives of Tulane University, including President Mike Fitts, will participate in a panel discussion Wednesday (Sept. 21) on “The Current Political Landscape.”

New Wave: Class of 2020 receives New Orleans-style welcome
Students received a New Orleans–style welcome that involved the marching band, a second-line and an experience much like that of a Mardi Gras parade at the annual President’s Convocation for New Students.

New Wave: Tulane president joins Joe Biden in hospital tour
Tulane University President Mike Fitts accompanied Vice President Joe Biden on a tour of University Medical Center New Orleans.

New Wave: Presidential inauguration: Watch the highlights here
Video highlights from the inauguration festivities.

New Wave: Poet laureate Peter Cooley pens inauguration sonnet
One of the highlights of the inauguration of President Michael A. Fitts on Thursday (March 17) was the reading of an original sonnet by Peter Cooley, Tulane University professor of English, Senior Mellon Professor in the Humanities and director of the creative writing program.

New Wave: Hail to the chief
Photos from the Inauguration.

New Wave: Inauguration of President Fitts celebrates the boldness, creativity and 'bricolage' of Tulane
President Michael A. Fitts is officially inaugurated as the 15th president of Tulane University in a ceremony full of music and good cheer.

New Wave: Open houses honor President Fitts' inaugural theme
From powerful Guatemala photographs to fascinating jazz history, open houses in honor of President Mike Fitts’ inauguration demonstrate his “Crossing Boundaries” theme.

The Advocate: Tulane president Michael Fitts on successes, challenges of first 18 months, why he doesn't live in sprawling presidential residence
It's been a busy first year-and-a-half for Tulane University President Michael Fitts.

New Wave: Fitts honored for distinguished service
Tulane University President Mike Fitts received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Pennsylvania Law Alumni Society at an awards ceremony on Nov. 13. Tulane president responds to racist posts on social media
Tulane University president Michael Fitts vowed to continue fostering an atmosphere of acceptance and support in response to what he described as "deeply disturbing and offensive" comments, presumably made by Tulane students on the social media app Yik Yak this week.

The Guardian: Michael Fitts: The New Orleans I watched suffer from afar is the city I now proudly call home
Even before Katrina, the city still had complex problems, but the people here are dedicated to understanding and addressing them.

New Wave: President Mike Fitts: What I'm reading
See which books have captured the president's interest this summer. Tulane helps feed New Orleans' entrepreneurial spirit: Mike Fitts
A biomedical company works diligently in New Orleans to create a new, potentially groundbreaking treatment for the flu. Thankfully, it doesn't labor in isolation. The firm combines discoveries from the Tulane University School of Medicine, support from Tulane and a team of leaders who trained or taught at Tulane.

The Advocate: Tulane looking for ways to end annual deficits, planning to launch major fundraising campaign
Even Tulane University, New Orleans’ richest educational institution, isn’t immune to the financial pressures facing higher education. Tulane hires consulting group, launches website as part of budget restructuring
Tulane University has hired the Huron Education consulting firm to increase university revenues, develop a new budgeting system and cut the school's annual deficit of $15-20 million, according to an announcement by university President Michael Fitts. Tulane prepares to launch $1 billion fund-raising campaign, President Michael Fitts announces
Tulane University has begun a campaign to raise at least $1 billion for its endowment, President Michael Fitts disclosed Tuesday. He called the goal crucial for Tulane to remain relevant in the country's increasingly competitive higher education market.

New Orleans City Business: Newsmaker Q&A: Michael Fitts, Tulane University president
In July, Michael Fitts became the 15th president of Tulane University, succeeding Scott Cowen. The former dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a native of Philadelphia, Fitts said he plans to strengthen the university's undergraduate program as well as its research departments that are tackling national issues including the Ebola virus. New Tulane president embraces technology and change
Mike Fitts, who succeeded Scott Cowen as the president of Tulane University in July, says that incoming presidents typically arrive with one of two agendas.

My New Orleans: People to Watch Class of 2014: Michael A. Fitts
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.

WWL Radio: Angela: with new Tulane president Michael Fitts
Angela Hill sits down with new Tulane President Michael Fitts.

The Advocate: New Tulane president focuses on curriculum
When Michael Fitts was introduced in February as the next president of Tulane University, longtime colleagues lauded the Philadelphia native’s vision for integrating the law curriculum at the top-ranked Penn Law, where he was the dean, with other studies at the University of Pennsylvania, a private Ivy League school. Tulane University President Michael Fitts tours Yulman Stadium
The new president of Tulane University was touring the construction site with members of the university's Capital Projects committee.

The Advocate: Tulane President Mike Fitts addresses future of Wave athletics
Via e-mail, Fitts answered these questions from Advocate contributor Scott Kushner about his views on athletics at his new school.

Tulane Magazine: Mike Fitts finds his place
The next president of Tulane is thrilled to take on the challenge of leading the university that he's admired for so long.

New Wave: 'We're in good hands'
President-elect Michael Fitts makes a strong impression on the Tulane University community. View the video. Tulane's new president inspired by 'Atticus Finch'
In all of the speeches of praise and gratitude that welcomed Michael Fitts on Tuesday (Feb. 4) as Tulane University's next president, everyone overlooked the person who had made the moment possible: Harper Lee.

New Wave: Crowd pleaser
Standing ovations were in order in the Lavin-Bernick Center at the announcement of Michael A. Fitts as president-elect of Tulane University.

Chronicle of Higher Education: U. of Pennsylvania Law Dean Will Be Tulane U.'s Next President
Tulane University on Tuesday named Michael A. Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania's law school, to be its next president.

New Wave: The jacket Fitts
Tulane President Scott Cowen gives president-elect Michael Fitts a well-worn sports coat in Tulane green.

New Wave: President-elect Michael Fitts ready for challenge of leading Tulane
"I love Tulane and what it stands for," Michael A. Fitts, president-elect of Tulane University, says at his introduction to the university community on Tuesday (Feb. 4). President-designate of New Orleans' Tulane University debuts to a rapturous reception
In a ceremony that quickly morphed into a love fest, punctuated repeatedly by hugs and standing ovations, University of Pennsylvania Law School Dean Michael Fitts was proclaimed Tulane University's next president Tuesday (Feb. 4) afternoon.


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First Impressions: President Mike Fitts