John Sexton was the fifteenth President of New York University, serving for 13 years, and is currently NYU's President Emeritus. Previously at university, he was the Benjamin Butler Professor of Law and served as the Law School's Dean for 14 years. During his time as President, NYU became the world's first global network university, first with the creation of NYU Abu Dhabi in 2007 and later nine additional sites on 5 continents.
John Sexton has been a figurehead in America's higher education system your decades, serving in a variety of roles. He is Chair of the American Council on Education, Chair of the NY Academy of Sciences, and immediate past Chair of the Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities of NY. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a past member of the Executive Committee of the Association of American Universities. He also serves on the Board of the Institute of International Education. While Dean of the Law School, he was President of the Association of American Law Schools.
President Emeritus Sexton received a B.A. in History (1963) from Fordham College; an M.A. in Comparative Religion (1965) and a Ph.D. in History of American Religion (1978) Fordham University; and a J.D. magna cum laude (1979) from Harvard Law School.
He is an author of the nation’s leading casebook on Civil Procedure. He also is the author of Redefining the Supreme Court’s Role: A Theory of Managing the Federal Court System, in addition to several other books, chapters, articles and Supreme Court briefs. Before coming to NYU, President Emeritus Sexton served as Law Clerk to Chief Justice Warren Burger of the United States Supreme Court (1980-1981).