William G. Durden
William G. Durden has been President
of Dickinson College since July 1, 1999. An alumnus of Dickinson (B.A. degree, class
of 1971), he also holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in German Languages and Literature from
The Johns Hopkins University.
December 2007: President Durden , in a New York Times interview, discusses how Harvard's financial aid policies pressure its rivals.
September 2007: President Durden addressed the Carlisle Borough Council about downtown traffic.
June 2007: read President Durden's remarks during the 2007 Alumni Weekend Opening Ceremonies.
June 2007: President Durden's opinion article on college rankings appears in The Patriot-News.
June 2007: President Durden signs a pledge to cut greenhouse-gases with other higher education leaders.
May 2007: President Durden published an article about the future of American higher education in Liberal Education.
October 2006: President Durden delivered the keynote address at the AASSA Conference in
September 2006: in an article for Inside Higher Ed, President Durden wrote about education accountability.
August 2006: President Durden convened the college and delivered his Convocation Address.
June 2006: read President Durden's remarks during the 2006 Alumni Weekend Opening Ceremonies.
May 2006: President Durden spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony for Dickinson's science campus.
January 2006: President Durden attended the first U.S. University Presidents Summit on International Education, held at the Department of State in Washington, D.C.
Fall 2005: President Durden launches a campus-wide initiative to spotlight common misuses of grammar and language. Visit Doc Durden's Guide to Good Grammar.
October 26, 2005: in a letter to the editor of The New York Times, President Durden comments on rising tuition costs and the need for a new business model in higher education.
October 17, 2005: in a letter to The Weekly Standard, President Durden responds to an article about
the politicization of American colleges.
October 6, 2005: President Durden
spoke about accountability in higher education at the United Way of York County annual Tocqueville Dinner.
September/October 2005: President Durden's article on corporatization in academe is published in Trusteeship.
September 28, 2005: President Durden receives the
2005 Heindel Award for achievement in international affairs.
July 2005: as an
honorary board member for "The Year of Languages," President Durden published a historical perspective on language study.
March 13, 2005: President Durden published an op-ed piece on free speech in the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
November 2, 2004: President Durden delivered the keynote address at the EARCOS conference in Vietnam.
October 15, 2004: President
Durden addressed the Dickinson School of Law Board of Governors on issues related to
the possible affiliation of the law school and the college. Read
his remarks here.
September 9, 2004: Dickinson
co-sponsored an event with the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History on "Teaching
9-11." Four educators who were selected as winners of a national competition on
Teaching 9-11 were presented with awards by President Durden.
May 24, 2004: President Durden
attended the speech by President George Bush at the
U.S. Army War College.
February 15, 2004: President
Durden spoke at the 41st Annual Public Affairs Symposium. Read
his remarks here.
December 8, 2003: President
Durden was one of three panelists at Middle States Association Plenary Session in Philadelphia, "Learning
in an Era of Accountability." He spoke during that panel discusion on "Standards in
American Higher Education: Dickinson College's Defining Efforts."
November 7, 2003: President
Durden was the keynote speaker at the 2003 MAIS Conference (Mediterranean Association
of International Schools) in Seville, Spain. His speech was on "Leadership in the Curriculum:
Brave New World."
October 20, 2003: President
Durden gave the keynote talk at an academic workshop on standards and grade inflation.
Hosted by La Salle College High School in Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania, the workshop was
for faculties from seven area college preparatory schools for young men: Chestnut Hill
Academy, Haverford School, Holy Ghost Prep, La Salle, Malvern Prep, Roman Catholic
High School, and St. Joseph's Prep.
October 17, 2003: President
Durden addressed the Board of Trustees at their Strategic Meeting on the Future of
Dickinson. Read his remarks here.