David Wippman, the dean of the University of Minnesota’s Law School since 2008, has been named president of Hamilton College in New York.
Wippman will take over the presidency of the 203-year-old school on July 1. He succeeds Joan Hinde Stewart, who is retiring after 13 years as president.
Wippman is a Minnesota native who graduated from Edina High School and has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton and a master’s in English literature and law degree from Yale.
Before coming to the U of M, he was a professor and associate dean at Cornell Law School and served as vice provost for international relations at Cornell University. He took a leave in 1998-99 to serve as a director in the National Security Council’s Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, where he assisted in the formulation of U.S. policy on war crimes, the International Criminal Court, economic sanctions and United Nations political issues.
University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler said in a statement that Wippman “is exceptionally well-qualified to be a college president. His ability to think and communicate clearly will serve him well, as will his terrific sense of humor. We are very grateful for his excellent service as dean and wish him all the best in New York.”
And former Vice President Walter Mondale, a U of M Law School grad who knows Wippman well, called him “an inspired choice to lead a college named for Alexander Hamilton and that counts among its distinguished alumni the 1912 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elihu Root, civil rights leader Bob Moses and former U.S. ambassadors Sol Linowitz, Bill Luers and Ned Walker.”
Hamilton was founded in the late 1700s as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and was rechartered in 1812 as Hamilton College.