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1996 Speaker - Dr. John W. Shumaker

Classicist and President, University of Louisville

Dr. John W. Shumaker received his B.A. in Ancient Greek from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He received both his Masters degree and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in the field of Classical Studies and expediently began his career in the world of higher education administration thereafter.

In 1969, Dr. Shumaker was appointed to the faculty at Ohio State University and was named Associate Dean of the College of Humanities in 1975.

Two years later, Dr. Shumaker left Ohio to begin a career trajectory at the State University of New York in Albany (SUNY-Albany) which would include such prominent positions as:

  • Dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts (appointed in 1977)
  • Acting Vice President for Research and Educational Development (appointed in 1983)
  • Vice President for Academic Planning and Development (appointed in 1985)
    He left the institution in 1987 in order to accept his first presidential position at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU).

Dr. Shumaker served as the tenth president of CCSU until 1995, when he accepted the presidency at the University of Louisville. He served as Louisville’s sixteenth president until 2002, when he became the twenty-first president of the University of Tennessee. He held this position until his resignation in 2003.