Carol Quillen became the 18th president of Davidson College on August 1, 2011. Since taking office, Quillen has sought to reimagine the liberal arts within the changing landscape of higher education and the global economy, so as to ensure educational excellence and access for all talented students regardless of their financial circumstances. An accomplished administrator and a respected scholar, Quillen came to Davidson from Rice University in Houston, Texas, where she was vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives. At Rice, Quillen was also a member of the history faculty, director of the university’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance, and vice provost for academic affairs. Quillen has written two books on Petrarch, as well as scholarly articles, reviews and papers. She received a number of teaching awards during her tenure at Rice, and also has received grants and fellowships from the Social Science Research Council, the Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation and the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies. She holds a B.A. in American history from the University of Chicago, graduating Phi Beta Kappa with special and general honors, and a Ph.D. degree in European history from Princeton.