Provost Transitions to Role of Interim President

December 18, 2015

Dr. Dennis G. Stevens has become the Interim President of Hampden-Sydney College.

Dennis StevensStevens has been the Provost and Dean of the Faculty at Hampden-Sydney since 2012. When describing what he enjoys most about his work, he says, "I find it exciting to work in higher education (and most importantly in liberal arts colleges) because this is where tomorrow's leaders discover themselves."

"With our focus on forming good men and good citizens, we are particularly well situated to help our students develop the knowledge, the skills, and the character that our country needs - now, perhaps, more than ever. I can't think of a better place to be."

Stevens holds an A.B. in political science, cum laude, from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. in political science from Boston College. 

Prior to coming to Hampden-Sydney, he held administrative posts at Augustana College, Lake Erie College, the University of Findlay, and Randolph College. These posts included department chair, associate dean,  dean, vice president for academic affairs, and dean of the college.

He is the author of Challenges to Peace in the Middle Eas tand co-author, with Peter Schotten, of Religion, Politics, and the Law.

Outside of his professional accomplishments in academia, Stevens has studied judo, karate, kensetsu, kuk sool won, taekwondo, krav maga, and sogo ryu bujutsu. He is a 5th degree black belt and has taught the martial arts for over twenty years.

His other areas of interest include playing the guitar and studying everything connected to the great battle at the Alamo in 1836. He considers his roles as a husband and father most important and says that the best advice he ever received came in two parts: "First, listen carefully to others and try to learn from what they say and what they don't say. Secondly, remember that strength is not defined by refusing to admit when you are wrong."

On his feelings about the College, Stevens says, "I can't even express how much it means to me to be here. This is one of the finest schools in the nation, but I also love the feel of this place. I think almost everyone here knows that there is something special about the way in which we live together and work together. To me, it is a real honor to be here, and I see my role as Interim President to be defined as service to this community."