The future is wide open

A revolutionary University leading for good

$9.7 billion

raised during two record-breaking capital campaigns

$20.5 billion

University endowment quintupled during Gutmann's presidency

Gutmann credits the ardent dedication and unwavering support of the entire Penn community and her talented leadership team with these impressive achievements. Their mettle was put to the ultimate stress test with the COVID-19 pandemic. In response, Gutmann and her leadership team deftly steered an enormous urban university and health system through the greatest global health crisis in generations. Penn Medicine served at the forefront of Philadelphia’s pandemic response and Penn Professors Drew Weissman and Katalin Karikó pioneered the technology that made the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines possible. Throughout, Gutmann focused the Penn community on being resourceful, resilient, and responsive to everyone’s needs—a leadership philosophy of solidarity in service of core values and an animating spirit of knowledge-based action, which is key to how truly great universities always serve individuals and societies, not just in times of pandemic and crisis.

“You see it in the dreams come true of our talented students. And you see it in the life-changing breakthroughs of our brilliant faculty,” is how Gutmann described it when she received the revered Pennsylvania Society’s highest recognition: its coveted Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement. In contemplating the untold possibilities awaiting Penn’s unsurpassed students, staff, and faculty, Gutmann captured in a single sentence this unique moment in the University’s history. “At Penn,” she declared with earned—and earnest—heartfelt confidence, “the future truly is wide open.”

Amy Gutmann was confirmed United States Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany on Feb. 8, 2022.

President Gutmann on stage with husband, Michael Doyle, and Pennsylvania Society President Robert J. Ciaruffoli Jr.

Gutmann earned in 2019 the Pennsylvania Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement.

Inspiring people, place, and purpose

Exploring President Amy Gutmann’s Transformative Tenure at Penn