Southwestern University Trustee
Dr. Dale Thomas Knobel
Dale Knobel is the president emeritus of Denison University, having served as Denison’s president from 1998 through his retirement in 2013. Previously, from 1996 through 1998, he served as the provost and dean of the faculty at Southwestern.
A widely published author, 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 to 1996 he served as Texas A&M’s associate provost for undergraduate programs. He was awarded Texas A&M’s Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 1994. 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 a senior fellow in higher education and interim president of the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, a director of the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a trustee of the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, and a director of the Texas Methodist Foundation. He also is a member of a number of professional organizations for historians.
Dale earned his bachelor’s degree in history, cum laude with honors, from Yale University in 1971 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. in 1976 from Northwestern University, where he held the James Alton James Fellowship in American History and received the national Cokesbury Award in College Teaching. He was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Denison University in 2013. Prior to his election as a Southwestern trustee, Dale chaired the Southwestern Board of Visitors.