Henry S. Bienen ’09 H, President Emeritus of Northwestern University, was elected into the Northwestern Athletic Hall of Fame in an honorary capacity in December.
He joins Eileen Canney (softball), Julie Foldi (fencing), Dustin Fox (wrestling), and Scott Rowe (men’s golf) as a member of the Class of 2013.
"It's a great honor to join the outstanding former Northwestern student-athletes as a member," said Bienen. "I enjoyed watching many of them compete during my years as president, and I know the tremendous efforts they all made in order to be successful. So I'm particularly pleased to be in their company in the Athletic Hall of Fame."
Bienen served as Northwestern's President from 1995 to 2009, presiding over a period of increased academic prominence, financial strength and athletic success. During his tenure, NU varsity athletics programs won nearly 20 Big Ten championships while capturing five straight women's lacrosse national titles and five football bowl appearances.
Bienen's tenure saw extensive construction and upgrades to athletics facilities, highlighted by a complete renovation to Ryan Field. NU athletics also saw the completion of the state-of-the-art indoor Combe Tennis Center, the Luke Donald Practice Facility and Gleacher Indoor Golf Center, an overhaul of the Sharon J. Drysdale softball field and the construction of Lakeside Field, home to NU's soccer and women's lacrosse programs.
"The strength of the Northwestern University athletic program today was built on the foundation that President Emeritus Henry Bienen helped create during his 14 remarkably successful years as president," said Northwestern President Morton Schapiro. "He understood clearly the importance to the University of competing at the highest level, both academically and athletically, and he provided the leadership and resources to make that happen. To a great extent, we are following the path that he laid out nearly 20 years ago, and our present-day success would not have been possible without his vision for Northwestern."
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