Dale Rogers Marshall Becomes Sixth President

Dale Rogers Marshall, former academic dean at Wellesley College, was inaugurated as Wheaton’s sixth president in 1992. Dr. Marshall, a political scientist who specialized in urban politics, holds degrees from Cornell University, the University of California at Berkeley and UCLA. At her inauguration, trustees urged Marshall to “heed the proud history of Wheaton College, recognizing the promise of the future in the strengths of the past.” She was charged with engaging the whole of the Wheaton community — students and their parents, alumni, faculty, staff members and friends — in articulating and pursuing the mission of the college. Toward that end, a strategic planning effort began in the fall of 1992 to identify and prioritize goals for the coming decade, and resulted in the adoption of a plan, Excellence and Equilibrium: Wheaton in the 21st Century, for ensuring the institution’s strength for the future.

Central to the plan was the Campaign for Wheaton, successfully concluded in June 2000 with $90 million in support for the college. The final total created more than 70 new student scholarship funds, 12 new endowed faculty chairs, new programs such as the Davis International Fellows program and the Jane E. Ruby Lecture Series and several new facilities. The campaign was capped by the construction of Mars Arts and Humanities, renovation of Meneely, and the renovation of Watson Fine Arts Center.

1992 brought two other milestones, the graduation of Wheaton’s first coeducational class and the enrollment of the largest first-year class in the college’s history. The latter propelled total enrollment to an all-time high and encouraged the construction of Keefe and Beard residence halls.

During Marshall’s tenure, Wheaton students regularly won prestigious national awards, including Fulbright, Madison and Rhodes scholarships. Marshall’s presidency marked a re-commitment to the Global Awareness Program and emphasis on our multicultural world. The infusion of multicultural issues is a hallmark of Wheaton’s new curriculum. The Marshall Center for Intercultural Learning was dedicated to Marshall on April 15, 2005.

Marshall was awarded an honorary degree in 2004.