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John Sloan Dickey served as Dartmouth College's twelfth president from 1945-1970. He is credited with having created a university within a college and a college of university caliber- a sophisticated, complex institution of higher education that maintains the centrality of the undergraduate experience while competing in the toughest academic league for students, faculty, and research funds. Dickey furthermore worked to make of Dartmouth an international crossroads for learning, instituting, among other things, the "Great Issues" courses to examine topics of international concern.


John Sloan Dickey and Chiharu Igaya '57, international student and
olympic skier,at matriculation, Fall 1953.

The John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding was established in February 1982 to honor President Dickey and perpetuate the international dimension of his legacy.

When President Dickey stepped down in 1970, a faculty resolution stated, "It is time for teachers to say thanks to a teacher. For twenty-five years you have instructed us in the strict curriculum of leadership." The Dickey Center takes its inspiration today from an extraordinary leader who commanded the deep respect and admiration of faculty, colleagues, administrators, and an entire generation of Dartmouth students
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Past Directors

Gene Lyons,Leonard Rieser founding director of the Dickey Endowment,
and Oran Young participate in a Dickey Center board meeting.

Leonard M. Rieser, '44
Founding director of the Dickey Endowment 1982-1992. Dr. Rieser was Sherman Fairchild Professor of Physics emeritus and Provost and Dean of the Faculty emeritus.

Oran R. Young
Acting Director
1992-93

Martin J. Sherwin '59
1993-95

Gene M. Lyons
Acting Director
1995-97

Michael Mastanduno
1997-2003