James Wright

President, 1998-2009

A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1969, James Wright was elected president in 1998. Prior to taking office, he served as Dean of the Faculty, Provost, and Acting President. During his presidency undergraduate applications grew by 78 percent and the student body became increasingly diverse, with students of color and international students representing more than 30 percent of the student body. President Wright focused on advancing the academic strength of the College by expanding and diversifying the faculty; resulting in more than 10 percent growth in the faculty of the Arts & Sciences, an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, and the highest percentage of tenured women faculty in the Ivy League and among the highest percentage of faculty of color.

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Portrait Artist & Donor Information

Peter Michael Gish, James Wright, 16th President of Dartmouth College, 1998
Oil on canvas
Hood Museum of Art
Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College
Hood Museum Object Number: P.998.20