Name: Shirley Tilghman
Occupation on Campus: President
Major: Molecular Biology
Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
My daughter Becca ’03
What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Any meal cooked by Sally Lewis Lamonica, the chef at Lowrie House
In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
I work to ensure that in the future, including tomorrow, Princeton University is fulfilling to the greatest extent possible its potential to transform the lives of its students, and discover new knowledge.
Best place on campus?
Worst place on campus?
My daughter’s former dorm room in Wilson College
What are your favorite ways to relax?
What’s the last student performance you saw?
Orpheus Waking – Friday night
What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
Icahn Lab water color by Rafael Vinoly, the architect of Icahn Lab
Where do you do your best thinking?
Do you know all the words to Old Nassau?
If you could change something about Princeton, what would it be?
I would move the entire campus, lock, stock and barrel, to the site of the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. This would combine the most beautiful campus architecture (Princeton) with the most stunning natural setting (UBC).
What’s your drink?
What’s your top vacation destination?
How often do you cook?
Christmas and Thanksgiving
New Butler or Old Butler?
Who is your mortal enemy?
When’s the last time you used cash?
In 10 years, I will be…
doing something else
What makes someone a Princetonian?
Life long intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to use one’s education to make the world a better place
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