W. Robert Connor
Senior Advisor

Higher Ed

  • Assessment
  • Liberal education

W. Robert ”Bob” Connor joined the New York-based Teagle Foundation as its president in early 2003, re-affirming the foundation’s long-standing commitment to higher education and re-focusing its attention on improving student learning in the liberal arts and sciences. His belief that such learning can – and must – be brought to higher level is reflected in the foundation’s grant initiatives in Value-Added Assessment, Fresh Thinking for Liberal Education, Big Questions of Meaning and Value, and College-Community Connections. Connor retired as president of the foundation at the end of 2009 but continues to serve as its senior advisor. Connor graduated from Hamilton College, and after a stint at Oxford, received his doctorate in classics from Princeton University in 1961. He later returned to Princeton, where he taught and administered until 1989 when he became the president and director of the National Humanities Center in the Research Triangle Park of North Carolina. Connor holds honorary degrees from several colleges and is fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.