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Stephen Charles Ainlay is the 18th president of Union College. He became President in June 2006, succeeding interim president James Underwood, who succeeded Roger Hull after Hull retired in June 2005.
Born in 1951 in Goshen, Indiana, Ainlay earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Goshen College, and both his master’s and Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1981, with a thesis on "Intentionality, identity and aging: an inquiry into aging and adventitious vision loss".
In 1982, he became assistant professor of sociology at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass. He became associate professor in 1987, and professor in 1993. He was appointed Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary and Special Studies in 1993, Dean of the College in 1996, and finally Vice-President for academic affairs in 1997. He served in this capacity until assuming the presidency at Union College.
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