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New President


The Hamilton College Board of Trustees has elected unanimously David Wippman, the William S. Pattee Professor of Law and dean of the University of Minnesota Law School, to be the College’s 20th president. The appointment is effective July 1, 2016.

Wippman is a recognized authority in international law. He will succeed Joan Hinde Stewart following her retirement on June 30, 2016, after 13 years as president.

Hamilton’s next president was introduced to students, faculty and staff on Friday afternoon (Dec. 11) in the College Chapel by Stephen I. Sadove, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

“David Wippman emerged as the top finalist from a strong and diverse pool of well-qualified candidates because of his intelligence, warmth and enthusiasm for the liberal arts,” Sadove said. “He personifies many of the objectives of a Hamilton education: He is a strong and collaborative leader, an effective communicator and a person committed to active citizenship. Hamilton is in a strong and stable position with a growing reputation. It will be difficult to follow Joan Stewart, but we believe we’ve found the perfect person to do so.”

David Wippman talks with Phoebe Greenwald '16 and Caleb Williamson '17, student members of the Presidential Search Committee, about his background and what attracted him to Hamilton College.
Steve Sadove '73 and Bob Delaney '79, co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, discuss the search process and what makes David Wippman a great fit for Hamilton.
David Wippman is introduced to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 11 in the College Chapel by Stephen I. Sadove, chairman of the Board of Trustees.

Contact Information


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315-859-4105
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