Barry Scherr

More Than Three Centuries of Teaching Hailed

Former Dartmouth President and history Professor James Wright, along with eight other retiring Arts & Sciences faculty members attended their last commencement on June 9, receiving acknowledgement and applause from the graduates of 2013 as they all begin new phases of their lives. Together, these teachers, scholars, and mentors have a combined 334 years of service to Dartmouth, and many say retirement is not the end of their work, but the start of a new phase.

James Wright, history

Wright, the 16th Dartmouth President in the Wheelock Succession, identified himself as an historian first throughout his 44 years at the College.

He served as president from 1998 to 2009, and held many other roles at Dartmouth including associate dean, dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, acting president, and provost. But his first love was always teaching, said Barry Scherr, retiring professor of Russian who served as provost under Wright.