William E. Troutt

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William E. Troutt
President Emeritus of
Rhodes College
In office
March 30, 1999 –  June 30, 2017
Preceded by James H. Daughdrill, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1949-06-13) June 13, 1949 (age 68)
Bolivar, Tennessee
Alma mater Union University

William Earl "Bill" Troutt (born June 13, 1949) served as the 19th president of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee from 1999 to 2017. From 1982 to 1999, he served as the President of Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.[1]


William Troutt graduated from Union University, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity. He received an M.A. from the University of Louisville, and a Ph.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.

He served as president of Belmont University from 1982 to 1999, starting his tenure at age 32. He was installed as president of Rhodes College on March 30, 1999 and inaugurated on April 14, 2000. Dr Troutt announced on 14 April 2016 that he will retire as president of Rhodes in June 2017 after 18 years as president of Rhodes and 35 years as a college president.

He has chaired the National Commission on the Cost of Higher Education, which served as a guide to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act of 1998. Troutt is currently Chairman of the American Council on Education and is a former Chairman of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

He has been published in The Peabody Journal of Education, The Journal of Higher Education, and New Directions for Institutional Research.[2]


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