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Dr. Michael A. Fitts

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President

Phone: (504) ***-****  
Email: m***@***.edu
Tulane University
6823 Saint Charles Ave
New Orleans , Louisiana 70118
United States

Company Description: Tulane University is one of the nation's leading educational and research institutions. Founded in 1834 in New Orleans, Tulane has ten schools and colleges offering...   more
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Employment History

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Education

  • bachelor of arts
    Harvard University
  • Yale University
  • juris doctor
  • JD , support of interdisciplinary research and teaching
    Yale
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Board of Directors | Greater New Orleans, Inc. | Regional Economic Development
gnoinc.org, 28 Sept 2015 [cached]
Michael A. Fitts
Tulane University
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Michael Fitts, dean and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been named the 15th president of the university.
Fitts will start his new job on July 1 when current President Scott Cowen retires after 16 years in charge of the Uptown school.
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A native of Philadelphia, Fitts earned a bachelor of arts from Harvard University in 1975. He graduated from law school at Yale Law School, where he was an editor of the Yale Law Journal.
Fitts began teaching at Penn in 1985 after serving as a clerk for civil rights advocate Judge Leon Higginbotham and as an attorney with the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel.
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Fitts says his idealism is one of the things that brought him to Tulane.
"I'm excited and honored to join the Tulane community," Fitts said in a statement from Tulane.
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Under Fitts, Penn Law increased its endowment by more than 250 percent and its faculty count by 40 percent.
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Mike not only meets these aspirations, he far exceeds them in every respect," said Rick Rees, co-chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, which was unanimous in its choice of Fitts.
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Mike not only meets these aspirations, he far exceeds them in every respect," said Rick Rees, co-chairman of the Presidential Search Committee, which was unanimous in its choice of Fitts.
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"Mike possesses the rare combination of an affable personality and a keenly perceptive mind that will enable him to lead Tulane during this time of profound change and evolution in higher education," said Andy Wisdom, co-chairman of the search committee.
Late last November, as Tulane's campus ...
news.yahoo.com, 1 April 2015 [cached]
Late last November, as Tulane's campus was winding down for Thanksgiving break, University President Michael Fitts sat on an airplane, reading through a sheaf of documents. In his hectic first year on the job, Fitts was crisscrossing the country, introducing himself to donors and alumni associations. But in this quiet moment midair, the former law professor finally had time to focus on his students.
What he read deeply moved him, but also left him worried. Fitts was only a few months into his new job, and five of his students were dead, three of them by suicide. Here in front of him was a 28-page compendium of students' firsthand accounts of their experiences with his school's mental health system.
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Some of them directly criticized Fitts, saying he didn't seem to care enough about what was obviously a dire situation.
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"The comments were very helpful for me in getting the sense of the pain out there and also what were the issues in the uppermost in people's mind," Fitts recalled.
He tapped out a reply to Arora on his iPhone, apologizing for his "grueling" travel schedule, which prevented him from interacting with students as much as he would have liked to. "We are definitely talking about ways we can support all members of Tulane who may be at risk," he wrote.
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Knowing the problem isn't unique to Tulane doesn't bring much comfort to Fitts, who still must find a way to boost the psychological health of his campus - or risk losing more lives.
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Michael Fitts, Tulane's president, on Oct. 3, 2013, when he was still dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School. (Matt Slocum/AP Photo)
Michael Fitts, Tulane's president, on Oct. 3, 2013, when he was still dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law ...
"Obviously, universities are not in a position to provide long-term care for an entire university experience," Fitts said in an interview in December.
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- Michael Fitts, Tulane President
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Fitts and Porter both point out that the school is actually doing better than its peers in terms of the number of psychologists and therapists it employs.
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The open letter Shefali Arora wrote to Tulane President Michael Fitts, on the school's mental health crisis. Dozens of students wrote about their own ...
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The open letter Shefali Arora wrote to Tulane President Michael Fitts, on the school's mental health crisis.
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Fitts has been focusing on other ways to improve mental health on campus - and is still struggling to understand what's driving the increasing mental distress among college students.
"Clearly, it is a pressured time to be an 18-year-old in the United States," he said. "There are anxieties about your career, your personal life, that may not have been as true years ago."
He theorized that the breakdown of religious and family support structures over the past few decades has left some kids feeling lost. The trend toward going to college farther away from home separates students from their social support networks even more. This is especially true for Tulane students, who are on average farther from home than students at any other college in the country.
Fitts said one part of his strategy to boost mental health on campus is to "really provide a community at Tulane" that could try to replicate what students lose when they leave their families and homes to come to New Orleans.
Michael A. Fitts, ...
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Michael A. Fitts, president-elect
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When Michael Fitts was appointed dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2000, legal education, like the profession itself, was at the beginning of a years-long boom.
February 11, 2014
UPenn Almanac: Penn law dean Michael A. Fitts named president of Tulane University Michael A. Fitts, dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, has been named president of Tulane University in New Orleans.
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Who were those who came before Tulane President Scott Cowen and president-elect Michael Fitts?
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President-elect Michael Fitts makes a strong impression on the Tulane University community. View the video.
February 5, 2014
NOLA.com: 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.
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Michael A. Fitts, dean of the University of Pennsylvania law school since 2000, has been named president of Tulane University in New Orleans and will take over there July 1.
February 4, 2014
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: Embracing the future "Wow" was the first word out of the mouth of Michael Fitts, president-elect of Tulane University, when he was introduced on campus. View the video.
New Wave: The jacket Fitts Tulane President Scott Cowen gives president-elect Michael Fitts a well-worn sports coat in Tulane green.
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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).
NOLA.com: 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.
Sacramento Bee: Ivy League Law Dean Named New President of Tulane University Michael A. Fitts, dean and Bernard G. Segal Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 15th president of Tulane University.
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"I look forward to working with Mr. Fitts in his new capacity as President of Tulane University," Sen.
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www.americanlawdeans.org, 23 Aug 2012 [cached]
Michael A. Fitts President University of Pennsylvania
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