of Reed College:
Diver, the Charles A. Heimbold, Jr., Professor of Law and Economics,
and former Law School dean, was recently elected president of
Reed College in Portland Oregon. He will become Reed's 14th president
on July 1.
expert in administrative law and regulation, Professor Diver received
his B.A., summa cum laude, from Amherst College, where
he currently serves as a trustee and his LL.B., magna cum laude,
from Harvard Law. He also holds an honorary degree from Amherst
and will be the fourth Amherst alumnus to serve as president of
Judith Rodin said, "Colin has served Penn as a respected dean,
an institutional leader and a valued member of the faculty. While
we regret losing a man of his caliber, we are pleased that he
has the opportunity to lead such a prestigious institution."
Dean Michael Fitts added, "Colin Diver was a superb dean at Penn
Law for a decade. There is no better person to lead a fine institution."
While dean from 1989-99, he increased and strengthened the Penn
Law faculty, improved the physical plant and access to technology,
helped raise more than $110 million in new gifts and pledges,
worked to attract some of the most able students and added new
programs in public service, interdisciplinary teaching and research,
and clinical legal education.
civic and charitable involvement includes service as a trustee
of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Lawyers' Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law, member of the advisory board of the
West Philadelphia Collaborative Program for Child Health, and
chairman of the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission.
College, founded in 1908, has a rigorous undergraduate program
and has produced 31 Rhodes Scholars--a number exceeded by only
one other small college in the U.S. Among liberal arts colleges
it is the first in the nation in production of Ph.D.s in all disciplines.
chairman of the Reed board of trustees, Walter Mintz said, "Colin
Diver is a superb teacher-scholar and an acknowledged leader in
American higher education; his integrity, strength of character
and commitment to intellectual openness are emblematic of the
highest standards of American higher education."