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 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. Dr. Bortz had 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.

Dr. Bortz guided the College to record levels of enrollment and fund raising.  During his tenure Bortz Library (named for him upon his retirement), Everett Stadium, and a new physical plant facility were built.  Substantial additions and renovations were made to Gammon Gymnasium, renamed the Kirk Athletic Center, and additions to Johns Auditorium and College Church were made.  The project to renovate all fraternity houses was completed.  During Dr. Bortz' administration, the College enrolled the largest freshman class and achieved its largest opening enrollment.

Dr. Bortz retired in 2009.