2014 Commencement Speaker: Dr. Christopher C. Dahl

DahlWe warmly welcome Christopher C. Dahl as our 2014 commencement speaker. He will address both the morning and afternoon ceremonies.

 Dahl, professor of English at Geneseo, is retiring in June after serving more than 18 years as Geneseo’s president during a period of unprecedented growth.

 Dahl has been on leave since October but has continued to support the college to help assure a smooth transition to a new president. He has been involved in fundraising initiatives for the college in addition to working on special assignments for SUNY. He also has begun some academic writing that was on hold while serving as president and plans to return to continue writing after retiring, focusing primarily on the meaning of a liberal arts education in the public sector.

 Dahl ascended to the Geneseo presidency in February 1996 after serving eight months as interim president. Before that, he served one year as Geneseo’s provost.  His tenure as president was the longest among SUNY’s four-year colleges.

 Dahl received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and both his master’s degree and doctorate from Yale University.