John M. McCardell Jr.
John M. McCardell Jr. was appointed 16th vice-chancellor of the University of the South effective last July 1. Since his arrival, McCardell has challenged the university both to examine its history and to seize the opportunities of the present to fulfill its vision of being a nationally prominent university located in the South. McCardell is the former president of Middlebury College in Vermont, and is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University, and did his graduate work at The Johns Hopkins University and then at Harvard University, where he received his Ph.D. in history. During his first year as vice-chancellor, Sewanee, in an unprecedented move, reduced its tuition and fees for the academic year 2011-12 by ten percent. The decision has garnered much positive coverage in the national media.