Jeffrey Docking

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Jeffrey R. Docking
17th President of Adrian College
Term July 2005 –
Predecessor Stanley Caine
Born 1960 (age 53–54)[1]
Alma mater Michigan State University
Garrett–Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div)
Boston University (Ph.D.)
Profession College administrator
Religion Christian
Spouse Elizabeth[2]
Children 4 children[2]

Jeffrey R. Docking is president of Adrian College. He has held that position since 2005. He previously worked as a senior administrator and men's ice hockey coach at Washington & Jefferson College.

Early life, education, and early career[edit]

Docking grew up in Michigan, including a portion of time beginning in 2nd grade when his family lived in the Michigan State University dormitories while his father completed doctoral studies.[1] During that time, he became a fan of the Michigan State Spartans men's ice hockey and worked as a stick boy.[1] Upon completion of his studies, Docking's father became deputy superintendent of the East Lansing Public Schools.[1]

After attended undergradaute studies at Michigan State University, Docking worked for a short time as a reporter for WFSL-TV in Lansing, Michigan, covering the Michigan State Capitol.[1][2] He left that position to attend Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he earned a M.Div degree.[1] He then attended Boston University to earn a Ph.D. in social ethics.[2] To pay the bills during that time, he worked as a residence hall director for the Boston University dormitories.[1]

He and his wife Elizabeth have four children, two of whom were born during the 6 years that the family lived in the Boston University dormitories.[1][2]

Career as administrator at Washington & Jefferson College[edit]

During his career at Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pennsylvania, Docking served as Dean of Students.[1] President Brian C. Mitchell made him the vice president and special assistant to the president.[1] In that position, he was a member of the "President's Cabinet" and was tasked with improving relations between the City of Washington and the college.[3]

He also served as coach of the Washington & Jefferson men's ice hockey team for a time, leading the program to replace the old Washington Park ice rink with a new facility that was supposed to have been supported by municipal bonds from the city of Washington.[4]

In 2004, he completed a fellowship at Carnegie Mellon University where he shadowed president Jared Cohon for a year.[1]

Career as president of Adrian College[edit]

Docking became the 17th president of Adrian College in July 2005[2] He sought to improve the college's precarious financial situation by doubling the endowment.[1] He proposed to improve the town and gown relationship by holding a "coffee hour" with the president, developing classes for senior citizens, and encouraging student internships in the community.[1]

Early in his tenure, he introduced mandatory four-year residency for all students "to raise funds," a marked departure from previous policies.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Drummond, Dee (Fall 2005). "Destined to be President" (PDF). Adrian College. Archived from the original on 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2011-12-21. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Message from the President". Adrian College. 
  3. ^ "Coffee with the College". Observer-Reporter (Washington, Pennsylvania). December 1, 1998. pp. B5. 
  4. ^ "New Ice Would Be Real Nice". Observer-Reporter. January 27, 1999. p. B3. 
  5. ^ The College World, Vol. 122, Issue 13.