Eisgruber, Princeton officials discuss town-gown interests at annual meeting

Friday, Nov 11, 2016
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by Emily Aronson, Office of Communications

During a discussion with Princeton town officials Wednesday, Nov. 9, Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber focused on shared values between town and gown and how leaders can continue to work together to further common goals.

The public meeting at the Monument Hall municipal building was the fourth annual session among Eisgruber, Princeton Mayor Liz Lempert, and Princeton Council members Jo Butler, Jenny Crumiller, Heather Howard, Lance Liverman, Bernard Miller and Patrick Simon.

"I was thinking about how much we share between the University and the town," Eisgruber said, noting mutual commitments to civil liberties, civil exchange, respect for all people and the importance of education. "We have to work through tough issues, and, as we have acknowledged in the past, there will be frictions between our University and our town. But [we work] from a common core of values where the University has to be willing to help the town and the town has to be willing to help the University. We did grow up together and we will continue to grow together."

Among the areas of shared interest discussed were: ensuring socioeconomic diversity within the University and the local community; entrepreneurial education initiatives; the University's voluntary contributions and tax payments to the town; the development of the University's next campus plan; efforts to promote pedestrian and bicycling initiatives; and police practices and policies.

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