Nancy Dye

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Nancy S. Dye
13th President of Oberlin College
In office
July 0, 1994 (1994-07-00) – June 30, 2007 (2007-06-30)
Preceded by S. Frederick Starr
Succeeded by Marvin Krislov
Personal details
Born Nancy Schromm
(1947-03-11) March 11, 1947 (age 67)
Spouse(s) Griffith Dye[1]
Children Molly, Michael
Alma mater Vassar College (undergraduate)
University of Wisconsin–Madison (PhD)
Profession Historian

Nancy Schrom Dye (b. March 11, 1947)[2] is an American historian and college academic who served as the first female president (and the 13th overall) of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio.


Dye attended Vassar College as an undergraduate. She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1974, and accepted a position at the University of Kentucky, where she taught from 1974 to 1988. In 1988, she accepted a position at Vassar, where she served as Dean of the Faculty as well as Professor of History. As a professional historian, she was the author of numerous articles and several books, and she served on the editorial board of The Journal of American History.[3]

President of Oberlin College[edit]

Dye became president of Oberlin College in July 1994,[4] after having served as acting president of Vassar College for several months in 1992. Oberlin's first female president, she oversaw the construction of new buildings, the increased selectiveness of the student body, and helped grow the endowment with the largest capital campaign in the college's history.[5]

On September 11, 2006, Dye announced her resignation as President of Oberlin College effective June 30, 2007. Her resignation came after a period of transition for the College. Some were dissatisfied with Dye's communication with students and faculty, while others respected her ability to keep the College stable when other Colleges were suffering financially. Her most recent biannual review was unreleased. Official reasons for the burial of the report are because of poor methodologies, although many suspect that it was due to a largely negative review.[6]

In honor of her commitment to internationalism, the board of trustees announced the Nancy S. Dye chair for Middle Eastern and Islamic studies at Oberlin at commencement in May 2007.

A 2009 article in the New York Times reported that Dye earned $1.4 million from Oberlin as its ex-president.[7]


  1. ^ McIntyre, Mike. "Portrait of a President," Oberlin Alumni Magazine vol. 102, #4 (Spring 2007).
  2. ^ Nancy Schrom Dye Presidential Papers, 1948-2007, Oberlin College Archives. Accessed Dec. 17, 2013.
  3. ^ "Discover Oberlin: Nancy Dye," Oberlin College, Office of the President. Accessed Dec. 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "Presidents of Oberlin College". Oberlin College Archives. Retrieved Dec. 17, 2013.
  5. ^ McIntyre, Mike, "Nancy Dye's Presidency," Oberlin Alumni Magazine vol. 97, #3 (Winter 2001).
  6. ^ Kaplan, Maxine and Hansen, Jamie. "Dye Announces Retirement: After 12 Years, Dye is Set to Step Down," Oberlin Review (Sept. 15, 2006).
  7. ^ Lewin, Tamar. "23 Private College Presidents Made More Than $1 Million," New York Times (Nov. 2, 2009).