Dr. Richard H. Dorman became Westminster College's 14th president on July 1, 2008.
"During the search process, I was impressed with the passion, commitment, and desire to improve exhibited by the students, faculty, trustees, alumni, and staff," Dorman said. "Westminster is an outstanding institution and I am honored to have been chosen to serve all who are so clearly committed to the College and its students."
Westminster has enjoyed record enrollment during his tenure and was recently named the "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math" by Forbes. Westminster has elevated to the top tier of Liberal Arts Colleges in U.S. News Guide to America's Best Colleges and is also listed as a "Best Value."
Dorman previously served as vice president for institutional advancement at Otterbein University and oversaw the most successful fund raising in Otterbein's history. He was assistant vice president for development and director of health sciences development at the University of Louisville; an executive with the Penn State Alumni Association; and director of choral activities at Red Lion Area (Pa.) High School.
He earned an undergraduate degree in music education from Susquehanna University, a master's in counseling/college student personnel services and his doctorate in higher education administration from The Pennsylvania State University.
Dorman is a member and elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA) and is active in the community, having served a number of leadership positions in civic, service, and educational organizations. He has made a number of presentations at national conferences on institutional advancement, student recruitment and alumni-admissions partnerships, fund raising, and board relationships.
He and his wife, Beverly, have a son, Daniel, and daughter, Kelly.
14 Questions for Westminster's 14th President
- Why Westminster? It is simply everything that a small liberal arts college should be: strong academics, caring people, strong sense of community, a perfect place to learn and grow.
- First job: Director of Choral Activities, Red Lion (PA) Senior High School
- Talent I'd most like to have: athletic ability, especially to break 90 in golf.
- Attribute I like best about myself: my enthusiasm. Life is good.
- Favorite value in others: integrity.
- My motto: Never give up.
- Love to trade places for a day with: an emergency room physician.
- What I am reading: The Game of Life: The Effect of Intercollegiate Athletics on Academic Values
- What's on my Ipod: everything from Mozart to Toby Keith. I'm very eclectic when it comes to music.
- Favorite T.V. shows: I generally watch only news and sports.
- Favorite flicks: Shawshank Redemption; Remains of the Day; Witness; Apollo 13
- Favorite Websites: www.westminster.edu; www.schwab.com
- Favorite Food: My wife's apple pie. The world's best.
- My bucket list: travel a lot, scuba dive, write a book or two, hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail, buy a pickup, fly fish at top trout streams, get better at golf, spend lots of time with family and friends.