About Wabash The 16th President of Wabash College
Gregory D. Hess became the 16th president of Wabash College on July 1, 2013. Wabash is The Liberal Arts College for Men, and its mission is “to educate men to think critically, act responsibly, lead effectively, and live humanely.”
Dr. Hess has thoughtfully articulated the value of a liberal arts education for men, while leading the College through strategic planning processes that will shape the course of the institution through his tenure.
He has launched four co-curricular “Liberal Arts Plus” initiatives in Democracy and Public Discourse, Digital Arts and Human Values, Global Health, and the Center for Innovation, Business, and Entrepreneurship.
He has led Wabash through extensive assessments of every administrative office on campus, and produced the College’s first comprehensive Campus Master Plan. The College broke ground on a $16 million student housing project in the summer of 2014 that will be completed in early 2016. A significant renovation of the College's flagship residence hall, Martindale, is underway.
Under his leadership, the College secured more than $22 million in funding in 2015 (after raising $19 million in 2014). He also hosted a national conference Celebrating the Value of the Liberal Arts, which attracted scholars, presidents, foundation leaders, and experts from business, medicine, and law from across the country in the fall of 2014.
Dr. Hess serves on the board of directors of the Independent Colleges of Indiana, Great Lakes Colleges Association, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana West Advantage (Montgomery County economic development), and the Economic Club of Indiana.
Prior to his tenure at Wabash, Dr. Hess was Dean of the Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Claremont McKenna College at Claremont, California.
In addition to his role as Dean of the Faculty at Claremont McKenna, Dr. Hess was the James G. Boswell Professor of Economics and a George R. Roberts Fellow. In that role, he oversaw all aspects pertaining to academic affairs, including the curriculum, the Center for Global Education, the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurism, athletics, institutional research, student learning outcome assessments, and information technology.
A native of San Francisco, he earned his bachelor’s degree with high honors from the University of California-Davis, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. in economics from The Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Hess has also held teaching positions at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Kansas, St. John’s College (Cambridge), the University of Cambridge, London Business School, and Oberlin College.
Outside the academy, Dr. Hess has previously worked as an economist for the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve; as a consultant for Honda Motors of North America; and as a member of the Ohio Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors. He has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Banks of San Francisco, St. Louis, Cleveland, and Kansas City, the Bank of Japan, Korea University, the IMF Institute, and the Hoover Institution. He has been a member of the Shadow Open Market Committee since 2002.
Dr. Hess is a widely published author with more than 60 books and articles to his credit, and has served as an editor for Economics and Politics and Macroeconomic Dynamics. He has been invited to make more than 90 scholarly presentations and seminars around the world. His academic specialties include monetary policy, macroeconomics, and the economics of national security.
He and his wife, Lora, are the parents of two daughters, Abigail (a recent graduate of Wellesley) and Meredith (a junior at Davidson).