The Office of the President
Welcome from Denison University’s 19th President, Dale T. Knobel
It did not take me long after I became an employee of Denison University in the summer of 1998 to discover that “community” really is the right expression to describe all of the people—support staff, administrative staff, and faculty—who make up this distinctive undergraduate liberal arts college in the Welsh Hills of central Ohio. I quickly saw that there is a shared commitment to our students, their families, and the graduates who leave here that binds all of us together in a special relationship. I see this relationship daily in the way in which Denison people feel about one another as colleagues and as friends, and it takes all of us to provide the kind of balanced, well-rounded education for which Denison has been acclaimed for more than 175 years.
Denison enrolls a broadly representative student body of highly capable men and women who come from many personal backgrounds and experiences precisely because we create an educational environment where students learn from one another. Important values have become traditional at Denison—such things as close relationships between faculty and students, connected living and learning experiences on our residential campus, or a passion for service to others. Students thrive on the multiplicity of perspectives that are shared in the conversation of small, participatory classes; in the informal exchanges that take place in residence and dining halls; and in the shared activities of student organizations, athletic teams, and performing arts ensembles. I know that the Denison community does this well. I hear this from alumni expressing good feelings about their Denison experience and the many people on our campus who touched their lives.
On behalf of our community, welcome to Denison!
The Denison University Mission Statement
Our purpose is to inspire and educate our students to become autonomous thinkers, discerning moral agents and active citizens of a democratic society. Through an emphasis on active learning, we engage students in the liberal arts, which fosters self-determination and demonstrates the transformative power of education. We envision our students' lives as based upon rational choice, a firm belief in human dignity and compassion unlimited by cultural, racial, sexual, religious or economic barriers, and directed toward an engagement with the central issues of our time.
Please visit us in Doane Administration Building, Room 203, or contact us by phone at 740-587-6281.