Princeton University’s influence extends nationally but the school’s presence in New Jersey enhances the state’s reputation as a home to educational excellence. The benefit to the state’s economy is likely immeasurable, but certainly noteworthy. And Eisgruber has been the university’s leader for more than eight years, preserving its status as one of the premier educational institutions not only in the U.S., but also the world.
In addition, Eisgruber’s actions show he wants Princeton, although elite, to be welcoming. Eisgruber’s recent actions during the social upheaval of 2020 mirrored his actions in the past when he not only pledged his support for immigrants coming to the U.S. for college but backed up his rhetoric by contacting the State and Homeland Security departments to voice concern over proposed policy changes that would reduce the flow of incoming students.
Whatever one thinks of national rankings, Princeton is an acknowledged superstar. The school has occupied the top spot on the U.S. News & World Report list of the best U.S. colleges and universities for 11 consecutive years. And Princeton is frequently the only New Jersey school to make the top 10 in such rankings. Eisgruber has maintained that momentum.