Walter Michael Bortz III

H-SC President, 2000-2009


President Walter Michael Bortz IIIWalter M. Bortz III became the twenty-third president of Hampden-Sydney College in July of 2000. Dr. Bortz guided the College to record levels of enrollment and fund raising during his tenure, and spearheaded the effort to draft a new long range plan that incorporated a master plan for a new library and stadium, among other renovations and improvements to the campus.

At Commencement on May 10, 2009, Hampden-Sydney College Board Chairman Thomas N. Allen of Richmond announced that the College's library would be named in honor of retiring President Walter Bortz.

According to Allen, "Two years ago, we dedicated our magnificent new library.  This structure has become the heart of the College...and this library never would have been constructed if it were not for the leadership that Walter Bortz provided."  Addressing Dr. Bortz, Allen continued, "You insisted that our efforts in our capital campaign focus first on raising the funds for the library.  And it was you who labored daily making contact after contact to inform [our constituents] about how central a new library was if we were to continue to succeed in our historic mission...It therefore is fitting that the Board of Trustees has decided to name the new library in your honor...the Walter M. Bortz III Library."

President Bortz was widely involved in the leadership of higher education organizations in the Commonwealth and beyond. He was a member of the Executive Committee of the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, a trustee of the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, the head of the President's Council for the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, and served on the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Universities. He also was active in the Council of Independent Colleges.  He was a member of the NCAA President's Council Committee.

President Bortz served on the Board of Trustees of the Kiski School, a private secondary institution in Pennsylvania; Mount Vernon College, a women's college in Washington, DC, and he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Bethany College in West Virginia.

Dr. Bortz enjoyed a wide-ranging career in higher education administration in both large and small, public and private, institutions for thirty-three years before assuming his position at Hampden-Sydney College, having served as Vice President for Administrative and Information Services at The George Washington University, and as Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Acting Vice President for Administration, and Acting Vice President for Student Services at the University of Hartford. He also held positions in enrollment management, including Executive Director of Admissions and Student Financial Assistance at the University of Hartford, Director of Admissions at East Carolina University, Dean of Admissions at Texas Christian University, and Director of Admissions at his alma mater, Bethany College.

Upon retirement from the College, Dr. Bortz moved to South Carolina with his wife, Lorraine. They are the parents of a daughter, Catherine, a physician, and a son, Walter, a communications technologist. Dr. Bortz received his undergraduate degree in Biology from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. He has done graduate work at Texas Christian University and West Virginia University, and has a doctorate in policy studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.