History Shorts: Sheldon Hackney: Former University President bows out at Penn

Source: Philadelphia Inquirer, 6-8-10

SHARON GEKOSKI-KIMMEL / Staff Photographer
Sheldon Hackney, former Penn president and Humanities Endowment chairman.

With the laudatory farewell dinner behind him, his last papers graded, commencement over, and much of the packing done, Sheldon Hackney poured black coffee from a thermos and savored one of his last days in his frumpily elegant office in College Hall.

Seated at the long wood table where he has taught seminars for 15 years, surrounded by awards, honors, and books, the long, lanky, professorial Hackney seemed to fit comfortably and timelessly.

But his gig is up. The former University of Pennsylvania president and history professor retired at the end of the spring semester and is leaving Philadelphia this month, selling his condominium at 42d and Pine Streets and moving to his home on Martha’s Vineyard. “It’s time,” he said. “My powers are receding a bit.”… READ MORE

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