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OWU Alumnus, Haverford College President Tapped as Ohio Wesleyan Commencement Speaker

March 27, 2007

Thomas R. Tritton, Ph.D.
Thomas R. Tritton, Ph.D., a 1969 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the retiring president of Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., will speak at Ohio Wesleyan’s 2007 commencement ceremony on May 13.

Tritton, a native of Lakewood, Ohio, earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan and his doctorate in biophysical chemistry from Boston University in 1973. He then served for 12 years each on the faculties of Yale University and the University of Vermont. His academic expertise is in cancer chemotherapy, a topic on which he has published more than 100 articles, reviews, and books.

In 1997, Tritton became the 12th president of Haverford College, a coeducational, undergraduate liberal arts college founded in 1833. After a decade at the helm, Tritton announced in April that he would retire at the end of the current school year.

“In many ways I feel like a college senior,” he has said of his decision. “Everything is possible and nothing is certain.”

One certainty, however, is Tritton’s steadfast commitment to academics. Throughout his tenure at Haverford, he continued to teach a senior-level molecular oncology course every fall semester.

Tritton, a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, also served on the chemotherapy advisory panel of the American Cancer Society while at Haverford. Currently, he is a member of the board of directors for Philadelphia’s Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Known for his quick sense of humor, Tritton says he isn’t sure yet what he will discuss with OWU’s graduating seniors. But, he says, he will try to provide some wisdom about life after college.

“Obviously, I have no particular expertise on this subject,” he jokes, “since I never got beyond college.”

Founded in 1842, Ohio Wesleyan University is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, dedicated to preparing students for a lifetime of learning, service, and leadership. Located in Delaware, Ohio, 20 miles north of the state capital, Ohio Wesleyan is a coeducational, residential, privately supported undergraduate institution. The university is ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges and is featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives.” The faculty includes more than 135 educators, all of whom actively teach and hold either doctoral degrees or the highest recognized professional degrees in their fields. Approximately 1,850 students representing 44 states and 45 countries attend Ohio Wesleyan. More information is available at www.owu.edu.