President Emeritus, Northwestern University
Henry S. Bienen served as president of Northwestern University from 1995 until his retirement on August 31, 2009. Prior to his appointment at Northwestern, he was the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Bienen received a bachelor’s degree with honors from Cornell University in 1960 and graduate degrees from the University of Chicago.
Bienen is a political scientist with interests in political and economic development, comparative politics, civil-military relations, and U.S. foreign policy. He serves on the board of directors of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Bienen is one of three university presidents awarded the Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award for innovative leadership in higher education. The honor carries a $500,000 award for the institution and recognizes leaders of institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an abiding commitment to liberal arts and who have initiated and supported curricular innovations, including development of interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary programs that aim to bridge the gulf between the theoretical and the practical.
Bienen has been a visiting professor at Makerere College in Kampala, Uganda (1963-65), at University College in Nairobi (1968-69), at Columbia University (1971-72), and at the University of Ibadan (1972-73). He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University (1976-77), a Polsky Fellow at the Aspen Institute (1982-83), and a member of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton (1984-85).
Bienen has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State (1972-88), the National Security Council (1978-79), the Agency for International Development (1980-81), the Central Intelligence Agency (1982-88), and the World Bank (1981-89). He also served as a member of the senior review panel of the CIA in the late 1980s.