David Hodge - President of Miami University

David Hodge - President of Miami University





Since arriving in July 2006 as Miami University’s 21st president, David Hodge has been a visible presence among students, staff, faculty, and alumni. Emphasizing the unique qualities of the Miami Experience during his first year, Hodge has actively supported the transformation of teaching and learning in higher education through his work on developing the “student as scholar” model.

Hodge came to Miami following his 31-year tenure at the University of Washington, where he served as the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1998 to 2006, the largest college at the UW, with 40 departments, 900 faculty, and 500 staff who serve more than 24,000 students.

Joining the UW faculty in 1975, Hodge held the appointment of professor of geography and adjunct professor of civil engineering. In 1990, he earned the prestigious University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award. Prior to his appointment as dean, he served as chair of the geography department (1995–97) and divisional dean for computing, facilities, and research (1996–98).

His research, which has attracted grant support from the National Science Foundation and other federal, state, and local agencies, focuses on urban and transportation geography with special interest in the impact of telecommunications. Hodge served as program director at the National Science Foundation in 1993–94 and was editor of The Professional Geographer from 1994 to 1997.

Additionally, he has served on numerous Seattle and Washington committees and boards dealing with issues of community development and transportation.

A native of Minnesota, Hodge earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in geography from Macalester College in 1970 and went on to earn his master’s degree (1973) and Ph.D. (1975) in geography from Pennsylvania State University. From 2000 to 2006, he served on Macalester’s Board of Trustees. Prior to this, he also served on the Macalester Alumni Board. An NCAA All-American, he is a member of the Macalester College Athletics Hall of Fame and remains the school’s outdoor track and field record holder in the 880 (now 800 meters) with a time of 1:50.2.

President Hodge and his wife, Valerie, have two children: Gene, a graduate of the University of Washington, and Meriem, a graduate of Miami.


This event took place at the Student Union Apollo Room.

David Hodge - President of Miami University