Ronald D. Liebowitz

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Ronald David Liebowitz
Ronald Liebowitz(2008).jpg
16th President of Middlebury College
Term July 1, 2004 – June 30, 2015
Predecessor John McCardell, Jr.
Born (1957-04-26) April 26, 1957 (age 57)
Brooklyn, New York
Alma mater Bucknell University
Columbia University
Residence Middlebury, Vermont
Profession Professor and College Administrator
Website Office of the President

Ronald D. Liebowitz (born April 26, 1957)[1] is the current president of Middlebury College, and a professor of geography. He was named the College's sixteenth president in April 2004, succeeding John McCardell, Jr. on July 1, 2004.[2]

Liebowitz had previously served as provost and Dean of the Faculty. An expert in Russian economic and political geography, he began teaching at Middlebury in 1984.[3] His first Middlebury experience was as a Language School student in 1980 and 1981.

A native of Brooklyn, Liebowitz received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University in 1979 and completed his postgraduate work at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in geography in 1985. Liebowitz and his wife, Jessica, have three young children.


Liebowitz is Middlebury's third faculty member to be named president, following McCardell and 19th century alumnus Ezra Brainerd. In his first year, he shaped the agreement that brought the Monterey Institute of International Studies under affiliation with Middlebury, and began a comprehensive strategic planning process. Liebowitz kicked off The Middlebury Initiative in October 2007; the largest capital campaign ever by a liberal arts college, the Initiative will raise $500 million to support the strategic plan's primary goals of financial aid and additional faculty.

In 2009 Time Magazine named him one of the 10 best college presidents.[4]

On December 12, 2013, Liebowitz announced that he would step down as president of the college effective June 30, 2015, by which time he will have served for 11 years. [5]


  1. ^ date & year of birth according to LCNAF CIP data
  2. ^ Ronald D. Liebowitz becomes Middlebury's 16th president
  3. ^ President's Biography
  4. ^,28804,1937938_1937933_1937919,00.html
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Preceded by
John McCardell, Jr.
President of Middlebury College
Succeeded by
N/A (Incumbent)