Our Statement on the Passing of Bob Zimmer

Barack Obama
1 min readMay 23, 2023

Michelle and I were saddened to learn about the passing of Bob Zimmer, the 13th President of the University of Chicago.

Bob was a visionary leader and one the most influential university presidents in the country. During his time at the University of Chicago, he built upon its rigorous academic reputation, grew the university’s footprint around the world and throughout the South Side, and helped expand access through scholarships and financial aid.

Bob was also a fierce advocate for the Obama Presidential Center, believing that it would be transformative for young folks on the South Side. His commitment helped inspire us to build the Center there.

We’re deeply grateful for Bob’s remarkable service to a university and a city that has shaped so much of who we are. Our hearts go out to his wife Shadi, his three sons, Alex, Benjamin, and David, and the entire University of Chicago community during this difficult time.