President James Wright steps down from Dartmouth on June 30, after 11 years in the presidency and 40 years at the College. The faculty honored one of their own at a gathering in May. Download a PDF of the tribute by Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt to President Wright.
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President James Wright and Dean of the Faculty Carol Folt at the May meeting of the Faculty of the Arts and Sciences. (Photo by Joseph Mehling '69)
"He is one of us. He came out of the faculty. He knows who we are and what we do."
Nancy Frankenberry, the John Phillips Professor in Religion
"President Wright is a gifted educator and scholar, who brought both talents to leadership. As our president, he taught us by his example of honest and ethical leadership. We will learn from this for years to come."
Ethan Dmitrovsky, professor of pharmacology and toxicology and of medicine
"My Foreign Study Program students were talking about Jim Wright last week here in Prague. They love how he so clearly cares about them-collectively and individually. They will miss him. I'll miss him too. Here's one reason: I served with him on the committee that considers promotion and tenure decisions. My colleagues could not have asked for their cases to be presented before a fairer judge."
Richard Wright, professor of geography and the Orvil Dryfoos Professor in Public Affairs
"Jim remembers his roots and his own struggle to attain an education. That, I believe, allowed him to communicate an empathy with students, especially those for whom higher education was an unprecedented option. And he brought an unparalleled history and commitment to the College's founding purpose to educate the youth of the Native tribes."
Bruce Duthu '80, professor of Native American studies
"It was a privilege, joy, and inspiration for me to fulfill my final years of teaching at Dartmouth under Jim Wright's guidance. Through his leadership and strong personal example, he summoned the best of Dartmouth traditions, while also embarking on new ways and initiatives. Jim-and Susan Wright-provided steadfast dedication, unwavering good will, and a genuine sense of community and fellowship."
Michael Ermarth, professor of history
"I suppose it is inevitable that people will associate Jim Wright's tenure with new buildings, but we should pay close attention to what goes on in them. Through these buildings he has put information technology, faculty development, and new media into the heart of our campus-in the library. Buildings, yes, but designed for learning and inquiry like no other institution I know."
Thomas H. Luxon, professor of English and director of the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning
"Jim has had an impact on every aspect of the College that can be matched by very few others in Dartmouth's history, and he has done so not only with extraordinary competence but with a reserved, even quiet manner that can break out with a good chuckle. His record matches his commitment to excellence, his concern for faculty, students, and staff as individuals, and his love for Dartmouth."
Gene Garthwaite, professor of history and the Jane and Raphael Bernstein Professor in Asian Studies
By KELLY SEAMAN
Last Updated: 6/14/09