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Career Summary

David Hodge became Miami University's 21st president on July 1, 2006 after 31 successful years at the University of Washington where he served as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences with 25,000 students and more than $100 million in research activity. He was named the University of Washington’s Distinguished Teacher, served a term as Program Director at the National Science Foundation, and was a consultant to local and state agencies in community development and transportation planning.

David was reappointed for another five (5) year term as Miami's president in 2011. Miami University, with a budget in excess of $850 million, is one of the nation’s oldest and most successful public universities. Miami University has been referred to as a "public ivy" and in 2010 was ranked # 2 in the nation for undergraduate teaching by U.S.News and World Report.

As president, David has brought a disciplined, ambitious, and strategic focus to Miami's thinking and planning. He has brought an intense focus on the University's core mission and strengths and has led a comprehensive effort to create a sustainable long-term strategic plan that aligns the University's strategic goals with the new economic reality and competitive environment. David's accomplishments, while simultaneously reducing the University budget by 10%, include the following:

  • Establishing five-year strategic goals
  • Developing a five-year financial plan while adopting a business intelligence system for long-term financial planning and decision-making
  • Initiating broad-based curricular innovations by utilizing state-of-the-art learning environments and encouraging engaging teaching/learning pedagogies
  • Raising funds for a new student center and establishing a 20-year construction and renovation master plan for student housing
  • Implementing the University's first dedicated Sustainability Program which includes the University's first LEED certified building
  • Initiating a strategic analysis of support services to save over $13 million and improve the delivery of services to students through the intelligent use of technology

Board Experience

David has been selected for several key leadership positions among university presidents. He recently completed his second term as chair of Ohio’s Inter-University Council of Presidents, an association of Ohio’s public universities. He was also a member of the Board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU)—an association of over 1200 liberal arts colleges and universities—until February 2014.

David also serves on the Board of the Miami University Foundation which raises funds for the benefit of Miami University and manages a combined endowment of over $415 million. David also served as a trustee of Macalester College from 2000-2006.


Ph.D. (Geography), The Pennsylvania State University 1975
M.S. (Geography), The Pennsylvania State University, l973
B.A. Magna Cum Laude (Geography), Macalester College, l970 (with All-American honors in track)