Former Dartmouth President to Serve as Keynote Speaker at New England College Founders Day Celebration
Dr. James Wright will receive honorary degree and give the address.
Dr. James Wright, President Emeritus at Dartmouth College, will receive an honorary degree and serve as the keynote speaker at the New England College Founders Day celebration on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. New England College President, Michele Perkins, said, “I am delighted Dr. Wright has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker and know he will offer valuable observations to students, faculty, and guests at this annual event recognizing the founding of New England College in 1946.”
Wright served as the 16th President of Dartmouth College from 1998 until June 2009. A member of the Dartmouth faculty since 1969, Wright also served as Dean of the Faculty and as Provost prior to being elected President in April 1998. In 2005, Wright, a Marine veteran, began a series of visits to U.S. military medical facilities in Washington, DC, where he met Marines and other U.S. military personnel who had been wounded in the course of service in Iraq and Afghanistan. In over two dozen visits, he encouraged the injured servicemen and women to continue their education, and he subsequently joined in establishing and assumed responsibility for raising funds to support an educational counseling program for wounded U.S. veterans. His interest was to provide a means for private colleges and universities to partner with Veterans Affairs in supporting veterans who matriculated at these institutions (the “Yellow Ribbon Program”).
“New England College was founded to serve the educational needs of our country’s military men and women returning from World War II,” said President Perkins, “and it is indeed fitting that we honor Dr. Wright at our Founders Day celebration and recognize his longstanding commitment to assisting injured soldiers and veterans.”
Wright is the author of the recently published book, Enduring Vietnam; An American Generation and Its War, which provides a rich account of the experiences of the young Americans who fought in Vietnam and of the families who grieved those who did not return. An historian, his teaching and research has focused on American political history and the history of the American west.
The Founders Day celebration will be held in Bridges Gymnasium on the New England College campus beginning at 12:00 noon. Members of the public are welcome to attend.