Carol Quillen has led Davidson College in reimagining the liberal arts experience, creating a new model for higher education in an increasingly interconnected world.
Davidson students gain a deep and rich liberal arts education now strengthened by skills that will enable them to adapt and thrive amidst continual shifts in the economy and around the globe. Graduates step into the world equipped to lead in the service of something larger than themselves.
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.
On August 1, 2011, Quillen became the 18th president of Davidson College.
A respected scholar and an accomplished administrator, she arrived at Davidson from Rice University, where she served as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives.
She grew up in New Castle, Delaware, a small town where she says "it was second nature to support the community and look out for other people."
Quillen attended Wilmington Friends School. 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.
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 American Council on Education, the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools, the Levine Museum of the New South, and the National Humanities Center.
Her daughter, Caitlin, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.