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Kent John Chabotar has been president and professor of political science at Guilford College since 2002. From 1991 to 2002, Kent was vice president for finance and administration and treasurer at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and senior lecturer in the Department of Government and Legal Studies. Previously, Kent was on the Faculty of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, associate professor of management at the University of Massachusetts and assistant professor of political science and coordinator of Public Administration Programs at Michigan State University.

Kent received the Fussa Distinguished Teaching Award at Harvard and the Distinguished Educator Award for teaching excellence at Michigan State University. When he left Bowdoin College, the trustees elected him vice president and treasurer emeritus, students endowed a scholarship in his name, and the alumni board named him an honorary alumnus.

Kent is the author of many books, monographs and articles. Recent publications include a book on Strategic Finance for the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges (2006), and commentaries on the financial strategy and campus decision making in Inside Higher Ed (2009), The Chronicle of Higher Education (2009), and Change (2010). Kent has spoken on the economic crisis at conferences and events sponsored by the American Council on Education, Council of Independent Colleges, National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, TIAA-CREF Institute, and elsewhere. Since 1983, he has been a faculty member at the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, including the Harvard Seminar for New Presidents.

Kent John Chabotar
President of Guilford College



Joyce Eaton
Executive Associate to the President



B.A. (Political Science), St. Francis University. M.P.A. and Ph.D. (Public Administration), Syracuse University.


Kent serves on the governing boards of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, and Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Foundation, and is on the Appeals Committee of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Articles and Op-Eds in National Publications and Books

Commencement Remarks