Robert Oden, Jr.

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Ph.D., Dartmouth-Hitchcock Board Chair

Professor Robert A. Oden Jr. assumed the Chairmanship of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) Board of Trustees in January 2013. He has served on the Board and as a member of the Assembly of Overseers since 2011.

In July 2010 he retired as President of Carleton College, a position he had held since 2002. Under his leadership, Carleton’s faculty completed its first systematic curriculum review in 50 years, and Rob established a distinctive program to promote sustained dialogue between visiting scholars, students, and faculty members. He greatly strengthened the College’s emphasis on global issues through a very substantial increase in international student enrollment, the introduction of Arabic language instruction, and the expansion of off-campus studies programs in the Middle East, Africa, and China. Rob taught the OCS program in Egypt in the Winter Term of 2008.

In recognition of the need to continue Carleton’s tradition of meeting the demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, Rob worked tirelessly to increase the College’s endowment, created the College’s first professional endowment management team, successfully completed a $300 million capital campaign, and launched the Access Scholarship Program aimed to reduce or eliminate loans for low-income students.

Rob served previously as the president of Kenyon College (1995-2002) and the headmaster of the Hotchkiss School (1989-1995). He earned a BA degree in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1969, a second BA degree and a Master’s degree in Religious Studies from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a Master of Theology degree and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Kenyon.

From 1975 to 1989, Rob was a Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, where he received Dartmouth’s first Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of five books and scores of scholarly articles on Ancient Near Eastern languages and religions, and a number of articles on fly-fishing. He is a Trustee of the American University in Cairo and the American Schools of Oriental Research. In the autumn of 2010, he served as the “President-in-Residence” for the Harvard Educational School’s Program on Higher Education.

Rob and his wife, Teresa, live in Hanover, New Hampshire. They have two children (living in Hanover and Bedford, New York) and three grandchildren. Rob is a devoted long-distance runner, non-stop reader, and a passionate Atlantic Salmon fisherman.