Northwestern has a new school president. Michael H. Schill will take over this fall.

Schill succeeds Rebecca M. Blank. In October 2021, Blank was named Morton Schapiro’s successor. In July, Blank announced that she was diagnosed with cancer and would be unable to fulfill the role of president. Schill was recommended to the Board of Trustees by a 34-member Presidential Search Committee.

“Northwestern is strong in so many areas – the arts and humanities, the physical and medical sciences, the professions, on the athletic fields and in the classrooms,” Schill said in a news release. “Northwestern is blessed with a University community whose deep commitment to human potential is awe-inspiring. I believe that by working together, we can all make a difference, and I am looking forward to joining you for the next great chapter in our university’s history.”

Schill has been the president of Oregon since 2015. While at UO, Schill has served as chair of the PAC-12 CEO Group and has been a member of the Board of Governors of the NCAA. He currently serves as a member of the NCAA D1 Board of Directors.

The Big Ten continues to take from the Pac-12.