Dr. Arthur Levine to give keynote address at 2011 Commencement

Dr. Arthur E. Levine, the sixth president of the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, visits a great number of colleges and universities around the nation each year.

However, his first trip to Marietta College won’t occur until May 8, 2011, as the keynote speaker for the 174th Commencement.

“Dr. Levine is an internationally renowned expert on the subject of education. A provocative thinker, he provided counsel to the Vision 2020 Task Force as it began its work,” says Dr. Jean A. Scott, Marietta’s President. “Dr. Levine, a former President of Bradford College, became my friend and colleague during my time at Bradford, and I am very grateful that he has agreed to share his thoughts with the Class of 2011.”

Before his appointment at Woodrow Wilson, Levine was president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He served previously as chair of the higher education program, chair of the Institute for Educational Management, and senior lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“My field is higher education. The world of higher education has changed, but it did not occur all at once,” Levine said. “For me, it has all been a career of researching and practicing. My time at Harvard what I did was prepare college presidents.”

During his keynote address, Levine plans to speak personally to the graduates about their futures.

“I’m going to talk to them about attitudes and values. I’ve done a lot of research in this area and every generation is different than the other,” he said.

Levine was also president of Bradford College—where President Scott worked before joining Marietta—from 1982-89 and senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education from 1975-82. 

Levine is the author of dozens of articles and reviews. His most recent book is When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today’s College Student (with Jeanette S. Cureton).

Most of his research and writing in recent years has focused on increased educational opportunity and strengthening schools of education. Levine’s opinion editorials appear in such publications as the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education; and Education Week.

Levine has received numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Carnegie Fellowship, as well as the American Council on Education’s “Book of the Year” Award (for Reform of Undergraduate Education), the Educational Press Association’s “Annual Award” for writing (three times), and 17 honorary degrees. In 1998 Change magazine listed him as “One of the Most Outstanding Leaders in the Academic Community.” 

Levine earned his bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.