Donald J. Farish

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Donald J. Farish
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Born 1942
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Fields Biology
Institutions President, Roger Williams University (2011-present)
President, Rowan University (1998 to 2011)
Doctoral advisor Edward O. Wilson

Donald J. Farish (born in Winnipeg, Manitoba), is a biologist, lawyer, and President of Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He was President of Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey from 1998 to 2011.


Farish earned a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of British Columbia in 1963, a M.S. in Entomology from North Carolina State University in 1966, a PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1970, and his J.D. from the University of Missouri in 1976. He is a member of the Missouri Bar.

Academic career[edit]

Farish taught at the University of Missouri from 1968–79, where he served as chair of the Physiology and Behavior Section, Division of Biological Sciences; at the University of Rhode Island (1979–83), where he served as assistant and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and at Sonoma State University (1983–98), where he served as dean of the School of Natural Sciences from 1983–90, and provost and vice-president for academic affairs from 1991-98. He was named president of Rowan University in 1998. He is the author of several editions of Human Biology, a leading text in the field, and over a dozen articles in magazines and journals.

As president of Rowan University, he led efforts for a 10-year improvement plan. The first phase centered on improvements to campus infrastructure, including construction of Science Hall, Education Hall, and a 113-unit on-campus townhouse complex.

Under a controversial agreement, Farish resigned in June 2011, one year before his contract expired in June 2012, in exchange for a $600,000 settlement. He did not receive the $250,000 in deferred compensation he would have received under his old contract, should he have stayed through 2012.[1]

It was announced on March 29, 2011 that Farish would become the 10th President of Roger Williams University. He took office in June 2011.[2]


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