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UR takes the focus in Seligman’s ’12 Great Years’ memoir  

UR takes the focus in Seligman’s ’12 Great Years’ memoir  

Joel Seligman, who served as the 10th University of Rochester president, has released a new book, called “12 Great Years,” which is about his time at the school.  

Seligman served as UR president from 2005 to 2018. 

Throughout the book, Seligman credits colleagues for their roles in the accomplishments during his tenure, citing more than 120 by name.  

He dedicated “12 Great Years” to the “board members, senior leaders and staff, faculty, students, alumni and friends who made the University of Rochester seem almost magical between 2005 and 2018.” 

Under Segliman’s leadership, the school became the region’s largest employer and experienced growth in its student body, faculty and programs, as well as taking an expanded role in the Rochester community. 

“The Joel Seligman years at the University of Rochester were among the most dynamic and productive in the University’s 172-year history,” said Alan Hilfiker, UR trustee from 1988 to 2018, in a release. “His memoir provides a useful chronicle of inspired leadership and judgment in a challenging period for university stewardship.” 

“12 Great Years” is available via online booksellers, including All profits from the book will be donated to Planned Parenthood and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

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