The Eleazar Wheelock Professor of History and Dartmouth's 16th president, James Wright played a key role in ushering in critical changes that took place throughout his four decades at Dartmouth.
IMPACT ON DARTMOUTH:
Over the course of his 11-year tenure as president, Wright significantly increased racial and gender diversity among students and faculty and doubled Dartmouth-funded financial aid in his efforts to increase socioeconomic diversity.
LEADING THE WAY:
Wright was a driving force behind the establishment of a national program to ensure educational opportunities for wounded veterans, and he helped draft language in the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill in support of veterans enrolled at colleges and universities.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
"We tried to recruit women who could fit comfortably into Dartmouth—but not too comfortably. These women compelled Dartmouth to adjust to them, and by doing so, deeply enriched the school."
Wright chaired the committee that started the Native American Studies program at Dartmouth in 1972.
Last Updated: 5/5/13