Michael Roth

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Financial aid
  • Liberal education
  • Mobility
  • Online learning
  • Race and diversity
  • Student activism
  • Technology and college
  • Value of college
  • Veterans

Michael S. Roth, a historian, curator, author and public advocate for liberal education, became Wesleyan University’s 16th president in 2007. He was previously associate director of the Getty Research Institute and president of the California College of the Arts. At Wesleyan, he has overseen the launch of the Allbritton Center for the Study of Public Life, the Shapiro Creative Writing Center, and four new interdisciplinary colleges in the areas of the environment, film, East Asian studies, and the sciences. He also has led the most ambitious fundraising campaign in Wesleyan’s history — with financial aid as the highest priority — bringing in over $480 million. Roth’s most recent book, “Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters,” is a plea for the kind of education that has, since the founding of the nation, cultivated individual freedom, promulgated civic virtue, and instilled hope for the future. He regularly publishes essays, book reviews and commentaries in the national media on topics ranging from intellectual history to the value of liberal education to campus free speech. He continues to teach undergraduate courses and has offered MOOCs.