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Grant H. Cornwell is the 15th president of Rollins College.

Lessons in Sailing

As Rollins College voyages into its 130th year, the Tars have a true captain at the helm. An avid sailor, President Grant Cornwell has learned many lessons aboard ship that have proved as valuable on the water as they have in life—and in his role as president.

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About the President

Grant H. Cornwell comes to Rollins after eight years as president at The College of Wooster, a top liberal arts college, where he built a common vision through strategic planning and a collaborative approach that involved the entire college community.


Learn more about why the Presidential Search Committee selected Dr. Cornwell as the 15th president of Rollins and what attracted Dr. Cornwell to Rollins.


Grant H. Cornwell, PhD

George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Distinguished Presidential Leadership
Professor of Philosophy

Grant Cornwell took office as president of Rollins College in July 2015, following eight years as president of The College of Wooster, in Wooster, Ohio.

Nationally recognized for his work in defining liberal learning in a global environment, Cornwell serves on the Council on Foreign Relations' Global Literacy Advisory Board. He chaired the Great Lakes Colleges Association's board of directors and served as president of the North Coast Athletic Conference (Division III). He continues in his role as a member of the board of directors of the Association of American Colleges and Universities. He has also served on the American Council on Education’s Commission on International Initiatives and the national advisory panel for the Association of Governing Boards’ project on Faculty and Institutional Governance. He is a co-author of “An Education for the Twenty-First Century: Stewardship of the Global Commons,” which appeared in AAC&U’s Liberal Education, and has written about multiculturalism, freedom, diversity, and global citizenship.

Recent Initiatives at The College of Wooster under Cornwell’s leadership include:

  • The Center for Diversity and Global Engagement: living/learning community, Multiethnic and International Studies Affairs, Interfaith Campus Ministries
  • The Collaborative Research Environment: supports Wooster’s mission to be America’s premier college for mentored undergraduate research
  • $30-million, 123,000-square-foot, Gold LEED-certified student recreation and fitness facility
  • APEX: Advising, Planning, and Experiential Learning: integrated model for student academic and career advising, planning, and experiential learning.

Prior to his Wooster presidency, Cornwell served as vice president of the university and dean of academic affairs at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, for five years. For the previous 16 years, he was a member of St. Lawrence’s philosophy department. He holds a bachelor's degree in philosophy and biology from St. Lawrence, and master's and doctoral degrees in philosophy from the University of Chicago.


Global Citizenship and Responsible Leadership in an Election Year
Convocation & Matriculation Address (August 2016)
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Making Up Your Mind: The Project of Liberal Education
Convocation & Matriculation Address (August 2015)
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"On Purpose: Liberal Education and the Question of Value"
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"Sugar Estates of St. Kitts: A Photo Essay"
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"An Education for the 21st Century: Stewardship of the Global Commons"
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"Globalizing Knowlege: Connecting International & Intercultural Studies"
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"Cosmopolitan or mongrel? Créolité, hybridity and 'douglarisation' in Trinidad"
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"The conflicts of postmodern and traditional epistemologies in curricular reform: A dialogue"
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