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My Semester with a Legend

December 15, 2012   

It is hard to believe that I am done with the D.C. program. Every semester, a Hamilton professor travels with a group of students to Washington, and this year’s program coordinator was Professor Paris. Professor is an extremely accomplished man who graduated from Hamilton and served in various administrative posts for the college. He has done so much for the college, but because of both his sabbatical and his leave, not many people know about him and his legacy.

While serving as the dean of faculty (1999-2005), Professor managed curricular reform, several faculty development initiatives, including interdisciplinary programs, and he expanded undergraduate research. He also increased faculty hiring of women and minorities, obtained financial support for faculty seminars on diversity and served on the board of directors of the Consortium for a Stronger Minority Presence.  While a faculty member and chair of the government department (1984-94), Professor also developed summer research programs and promoted a new major in world politics. What did this man not do?

Professor was on the first pilot Washington, D.C., program and will be concluding his career at Hamilton after this semester. He is one of my Hamilton role models, and I hope one day to do as much for this college as David Paris has.