Southwestern University Trustee
Dr. Dale Thomas Knobel
Dale Knobel is the president emeritus and professor of history emeritus at Denison University, having served as Denison’s president from 1998 through his retirement in 2013. Previously, from 1996–1998, he served as the provost and dean of the faculty at Southwestern. He currently serves as Senior Fellow & Program Officer–Higher Education with The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation.
Dr. Knobel began his academic career in the history department at Texas A&M University in 1977, focusing his scholarship on ethnic/race relations and immigration in North America. He became the part-time director of Texas A&M’s honors program in 1984, its full-time director in 1987, and the executive director of an expanded honors and scholarships program in 1994. From 1995–1996 he served as Texas A&M’s associate provost for undergraduate programs. In 2012, the Council for Advancement and Support of Higher Education recognized Dr. Knobel’s career as a higher education leader by presenting him with the Chief Executive Leadership Award.
Dr. Knobel is involved in a number of philanthropic and civic endeavors. He is a director for the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, trustee for the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and a director of the Texas Methodist Foundation. He is a former board member of Lakeside Chautauqua in Ohio.
Dale earned his bachelor’s degree cum laude in history with honors from Yale in 1971 and his PhD in 1976 from Northwestern where he held the James Alton James Fellowship in American History and earned the national Cokesbury Award in College Teaching. Prior to his election as a Southwestern trustee, Dale chaired the Southwestern Board of Visitors.