Robert J. Zimmer, the 13th president of the University of Chicago, has served in that role since July 1, 2006.
Previously he was a UChicago faculty member and administrator for more than two decades; he specialized in the mathematical fields of geometry, particularly ergodic theory, Lie groups, and differential geometry. He has served as chairman of the Mathematics Department, deputy provost, and vice president for research and for Argonne National Laboratory. He also served as provost at Brown University from 2002-2006, returning to Chicago in 2006 to become president of the University.
University President Robert J. Zimmer serves as an ex officio member of the Council of the Becker Friedman Institute.