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Carol Quillen


Davidson College

Carol Quillen, Ph.D., has served as the 18th President of Davidson College since 2011. Quillen’s “Transition to Impact” initiatives and her support of student-and-faculty collaborative research allow students to produce new knowledge, whether working with scholars in the classroom or entrepreneurs in the community. She has affirmed Davidson’s commitment to educational excellence by cultivating partnerships that help identify students from all backgrounds whose talents enrich the community and whose leadership as graduates will transform the world. A respected scholar and accomplished administrator, she arrived at Davidson from Rice University, where she served as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. Quillen has been tapped to lend her passion and skills to national efforts on college access and affordability. She was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans. On the Davidson campus, she emphasizes that equal educational opportunity must be real and meaningful. Through the Davidson Trust, the college practices need-blind admission and meets 100 percent of demonstrated need for all students through a combination of grants and campus employment, with no packaged loans. Quillen serves on the board of directors of the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the National Humanities Center. She earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with special and general honors, then received a Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University.