Dickinson College has been a leader in higher education throughout much of the history of America. Its global approach to education, its emphasis on sustainability, its readiness to innovate, its humane values and its insistence on providing a “useful” education are what the United States and the world desperately need.
That is why I am so honored to be Dickinson’s 29th president.
Our visionary founder, Benjamin Rush, knew that education had to be useful and it had to be inclusive. He wanted his college to be active in shaping a new and different sort of country, and in educating the citizens to build and govern it. His vision and emphases are as important today as they were in 1783. This is the sort of education to which I have dedicated my life. It is an honor to join with you in the next phase of Dickinson’s development.