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Robert A. Oden, Jr., PhD

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Rob is the immediate past Vice Chair and Chair of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health Boards of trustees. He retired on July 1 of 2010 from the Presidency of Carleton College, a position he had held since 2002. Rob served previously as the President of Kenyon College (1995-2002) and the Headmaster of the Hotchkiss School (1989-1995). He earned a BA degree in History and Literature from Harvard College in 1969, a second BA degree and a Master's degree in Religious Studies from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar, and a Master of Theology degree and a PhD in Near Eastern Languages and Literatures from Harvard University. He holds an honorary Master of Humane Letters from Dartmouth and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Kenyon.

From 1975 to 1989, Rob was a Professor of Religion at Dartmouth College, where he received Dartmouth's first Distinguished Teaching Award. He is the author of five books and scores of scholarly articles on Ancient Near Eastern languages and religions, and a number of articles on fly-fishing. He is a Trustee of the American University in Cairo, the American Schools of Oriental Research and the American Museum of Fly Fishing. In the autumn of 2010, he served as the "President-in-Residence" for the Harvard Educational School's Program on Higher Education. Proficient in many ancient Near Eastern languages, Rob has led numerous Nile Cruises and will lead another in January of 2016.

Rob and his wife, Teresa, live in Hanover. They have two children (living in Hanover, NH and Bedford, NY) and three grandchildren. Rob is a devoted long-distance runner, non-stop reader and a passionate Atlantic Salmon fisherman.