The Board of Trustees elected Dr. Gregory D. Hess to the presidency of Wabash College in January 2013 and he began his service as the College’s 16th President on July 1, 2013.
In making the announcement, Board Chairman Stephen S. Bowen cited the new President’s strong commitment to the liberal arts, experience as an administrator, and national reputation as a teacher and scholar.
In his first year at Wabash, President Hess has begun strategic and master planning processes, engaged alumni in conversations about Wabash’s future in more than 20 cities, and has begun reviews of several administrative offices. Chief among his goals for Wabash are articulating the value of a Wabash liberal arts education, expanding the College’s academic and geographic footprint, emphasizing leadership development in all aspects of the College, and broadening the philanthropic culture.
Dr. Hess came to Wabash from Claremont McKenna College in California, where he served as Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs. In that role, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to academic affairs, including the curriculum, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurism, athletics, institutional research, student learning outcome assessments, and information technology.
In addition to his role as Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna, Dr. Hess was the James G. Boswell Professor of Economics and a George R. Robert Fellow.
A native of San Francisco, President Hess earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of California-Davis, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hess has held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Kansas, St. John’s College (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge, London Business School, and Oberlin College.
Outside the academy, Dr. Hess has previously worked as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, as a consultant for Honda Motors of North America, and as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors.
Hess and his wife, Lora, have two daughters, Abigail (a sophomore at Wellesley College) and Meredith (a senior at Webb School in Claremont).
Lora Hess earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University and her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law. She practiced contract environmental law and later worked for the higher education consulting firm, Cambridge Associates in Washington.
She’s held a wide range of positions in higher education, including her last post as Associate Director and later Director of Foundation and Corporate Relations at Claremont McKenna College. She previously coordinated special projects for CMC’s President, Treasurer, and Chief Investment Officer.