MICHAEL ROTH IS COMING BACK TO Weslleyan University (Conn.), this time as president. Roth is quite familiar with the liberal arts college-he is an alumnus of the class of 1978. "I discovered my intellectual passions at Wesleyan," he says. Those passions include such varied academic pursuits as history, the humanities, philosophy, and psychoanalysis. Throughout his career he has managed to combine these interests in unusual ways. While at Wesleyan he designed a major in the "history of psychological theory." His first book was Freud and Revolution, which he followed with Knowing and History and two other titles.
He becomes president of Wesleyan in fall 2007, at the beginning of the next academic year.
Roth is currently president of the California College of Arts, an IHE focused on arts, architecture, design, and writing located in the San Francisco Bay area. He also is a former professor.
Roth began his teaching career at Scripps College (Calif.) and Claremont Graduate School in 1983, then went on to found the Scripps College Humanities Institute in 1987. Throughout his career he has worked to bridge the study of liberal arts with civic engagement. Case in point is his work at Scripps, where he helped form a partnership between the college and the cultural organizations in Los Angeles. The effort led to more study of the city's history and architecture. Roth succeeds Doug Bennet who has been president of Wesleyan since 1995. -J.M.A.