Stephen Ainlay

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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.[1]


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".[2]

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.


  • (with Calvin Wall Redekop;& Robert Siemens) Mennonite entrepreneurs Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 1995 ISBN. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 349 libraries [3]
    • Review by Donald F Durnbaugh, Church History, v66 n2 (Jun., 1997): 421-423
    • Review by Theron F Schlabach, The Journal of American History, v83 n1 (Jun., 1996): 293-294
    • Review, by Royden Loewen, The Mennonite quarterly review. 71, no. 3, (1997): 453
    • Review, by Peter C Blum, The American journal of sociology. 102, no. 1, (1996): 310
  • (co-ed with Gaylene Becker & Lerita M Coleman) The Dilemma of difference : a multidisciplinary view of stigma New York: Plenum, 1986 ISBN 9780306423048
    • Review by Harold E Yuker American Scientist v75 n6 (November–December 1987): 644-645
  • (ed. with James Davison Hunter) Making sense of modern times New York: Routledge, 1986 ISBN 9780710207456
    • Review, by Richard Perkins Review of Religious Research, v29 n3 (Mar., 1988): 338-339
    • Review, by Robert W Friedrichs, Contemporary Sociology, v17 n1 (Jan., 1988): 114-115
  • Day brought back my night : aging and new vision loss New York: Routledge, 1989 ISBN 9780415007641
    • Review by Corinne Kirchner, Contemporary Sociology, v20 n1 (Jan., 1991): 121


  1. ^ "Stephen C. Ainlay named 18th president of Union College" Oct. 25, 2005 Union College news release
  2. ^ WorldCat
  3. ^ WorldCat