Christopher L. Eisgruber

Christopher L. Eisgruber
20th President of Princeton University
Assumed office
July 1, 2013
Preceded by Shirley M. Tilghman
Personal details
Born Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber
(1961-09-24) September 24, 1961
Lafayette, Indiana
Spouse(s) Lori Martin
Children Danny
Residence Princeton, New Jersey
Alma mater Princeton University (A.B.)
Oxford University (M.A.)
University of Chicago (J.D.)
Profession Lawyer
Constitutional Scholar
University administrator
Religion Jewish nontheism
(previously Catholic)[1]

Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber (born September 24, 1961)[2][3] is the 20th and current President of Princeton University.[4][5]


Eisgruber is a 1983 graduate of Princeton University, where he earned an AB magna cum laude in physics and was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.[5][6][7] His senior thesis addressed topics in the theory of general relativity.[7] He also studied political theory with Jeffrey K. Tulis "Presidential Installation: The Ideal of a Liberal Arts University".  During his junior year at Princeton, he was a member of the Elm Club.[8] In 1987 he received an MLitt in politics from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and he earned a JD cum laude from the University of Chicago Law School in 1988,[5][6] where he served as editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review.[9]


Following his graduation from law school, Eisgruber served as law clerk to Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and then Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States.[5]

After clerking, Eisgruber taught at New York University Law School for eleven years, from 1990 to 2001, before coming to Princeton.[5] From 2001 to 2004, Eisgruber was the director of Princeton's Program in Law and Public Affairs.[6] He served as the provost of Princeton from 2004 to 2013.[6]

Eisgruber was elected as Princeton's 20th president on April 21, 2013, and assumed the office on July 1, 2013.[10] A formal installation ceremony was held on September 22, 2013.[11]

Eisgruber has served on several boards, including the academic advisory board of Coursera, a provider of massive open online courses; the Board of Trustees of the Educational Testing Service; and the Board of Trustees of Princeton University Press.[12]


Eisgruber was formally installed as Princeton's 20th president on September 22, 2013.[13] Eisgruber is the first Princeton president who received his undergraduate degree from the university since Robert Goheen, who served from 1957 to 1972.[14] He is also the first Princeton president not to have a PhD since Francis Patton, who served from 1888 to 1902.[7]

Personal life

Eisgruber is a native of Lafayette, Indiana.[3] His wife, Lori A. Martin, is a partner in the New York office of the law firm WilmerHale,[15] and they have a son, Danny, who is 18 years old and a freshman at the University of Chicago as of September 2016.[12]

Eisgruber captained the 1979 U.S. National High School Chess Champion team in his senior year at Corvallis High School [16]

Eisgruber was raised Catholic and married his wife in an Episcopal church. While helping his son, then in the fourth grade, with a school project, he discovered that his Berlin-born mother, who had arrived in New York as an eight-year-old refugee, was Jewish. Today, Eisgruber identifies as a nontheist Jew.[17] His wife is Episcopalian.[1] In 2009, a Holocaust claims tribunal awarded Eisgruber and his three sisters 162,500 Swiss francs, representing the value of the bank account of their maternal great-grandfather, Salomon Kalisch.[3]

Eisgruber is a lifelong fan of the Chicago Cubs.[18]




  1. 1 2 "Princeton president uncovers family secret - that he is Jewish". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. Lorin, Janet (2013-04-21). "Princeton Names Insider Provost Eisgruber as Next President". Businessweek. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  3. 1 2 3 "Claims Resolution Tribunal : Certified Award to Claimant Christopher Ludwig Eisgruber also acting on behalf of Ingrid Lynn Repins, Michelle Sharon Stephens, and Karen Margaret Eisgruber in re Account of Salomon Kalisch" (PDF). Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  4. Ryan Hutchins. "Princeton University names new president, appoints provost Christopher Eisgruber new leader". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Princeton University - Christopher L. Eisgruber named 20th president of Princeton University". 2013-04-21. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  6. 1 2 3 4 "Christopher L. Eisgruber | Program in Law and Public Affairs | Princeton University". Retrieved 2015-02-25.
  7. 1 2 3 "Princeton Alumni Weekly: Christopher L. Eisgruber '83". 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  8. Archived from the original on May 1, 2013. Retrieved February 4, 2016. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  9. "Christopher L. Eisgruber : CV". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  10. "Christopher L. Eisgruber - Office of the President". Princeton University. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  11. "Eisgruber installed as Princeton's 20th president". New Jersey Herald. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  12. 1 2 Hebel, Sara (2013-04-21). "Princeton Names Its Provost as Its Next President - Leadership & Governance - The Chronicle of Higher Education". Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  13. "Eisgruber Installed As Princeton's 20th President « CBS Philly". 2013-09-22. Retrieved 2013-11-08.
  14. "Lori A. Martin". WilmerHale. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
  15. "10 things You Don't Know About Chris Eisgruber '83". 2013-04-05.
  16. Princeton president uncovers family secret - that he is Jewish
  17. "Chris Eisgruber, '88: Selection Process Improvement | University of Chicago Law School". 2009-10-08. Retrieved 2013-09-05.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Shirley M. Tilghman
President of Princeton University
Preceded by
Amy Gutmann
Provost of Princeton University
Succeeded by
David S. Lee
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