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Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan, United States, is a co-educational liberal arts college known for being the first American college to prohibit in its charter all discrimination based on race, religion, or sex;[1] for its refusal to accept government funding; and for its monthly publication, Imprimis, with a circulation of over 2.6 million.[2] National Review has described Hillsdale as a "citadel of American conservatism."[3][4]

Hillsdale College
File:Hillsdale College seal.jpg
Motto Virtus Tentamine Gaudet
Motto in English Strength Rejoices in the Challenge
Established December 4, 1844
Type Liberal arts college
Endowment $295 million (2011)[5]
President Larry P. Arnn
Provost David M. Whalen
Academic staff 124 full-time, 40 adjunct
Undergraduates 1,402
Location Hillsdale, Michigan, USA
Campus Rural, 200 acres (82 buildings)
Former names Michigan Central College
Colors Blue and White Template:Color boxTemplate:Color box
Athletics NCAA Division II; 11 varsity intercollegiate sports teams
Nickname Chargers


Hillsdale College has long been considered a major player in the history and development of American conservatism, a reputation that became most noticeable during the 1970s and continues to the present.[6][7] Most of the curriculum is based on and centered around the teachings of the Western heritage as a product of both the Greco-Roman culture and the Judeo-Christian religion. These, in turn, encompass the principles of the American Founding and the college's academic emphasis on such, especially in relation to its own founding. Hillsdale is among the few non-military colleges in the United States that require every student, regardless of major, to study the U.S. Constitution as a core requirement.[8] Additionally, prominent conservative theorist Russell Kirk had a substantial career there and allowed Hillsdale to inherit many of his original writings.[9] The college houses and displays the personal library of Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises as well.[10] Hillsdale College has been featured as a conservative institution by Young Americans for Freedom[11] and the Heritage Foundation.[12]

More than 1,400 students attend Hillsdale from 47 states, the District of Columbia, and eight foreign countries. The college employs 124 full-time faculty members.[13] Hillsdale offers a variety of liberal arts majors, pre-professional programs, a teacher education program, and a journalism certificate program. Located in south-central Michigan, United States, its 200 acre campus contains multiple instructional and office buildings, thirteen residence halls, six fraternity and sorority houses, an athletic complex, music hall, arts center, conference center, hotel, preschool, private K-12 academy, and an arboretum.[14] Hillsdale's campus includes Hillsdale Academy, a private K-12 liberal arts school.[15]


Founding principles and Civil War involvement[]


Hillsdale College coat-of-arms

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Hillsdale in the nineteenth century


Hillsdale College's historic Central Hall and clocktower

Hillsdale College was established as Michigan Central College in Spring Arbor, Michigan on December 4, 1844. In 1853, the college moved to Hillsdale, Michigan and assumed its current name. Hillsdale was the first American college to prohibit in its charter all discrimination based on race, religion, or sex.[2] Hillsdale's founders were determined to uphold the principle of equality articulated by the Founders of America who had declared in 1776 that "all men are created equal."

Hillsdale was founded by Freewill Baptists, and in the nineteenth century Hillsdale and Bates College in Maine were the only American colleges affiliated with the denomination. Hillsdale no longer has any denominational affiliation, and Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College in Oklahoma was founded after Hillsdale College disaffiliated itself with the denomination.

Shortly after its founding, Hillsdale, as a part of the anti-slavery Freewill Baptist denomination, emerged as an early agitator for the abolition of slavery and for the education of black students.[16] Black students were admitted immediately after the college's 1844 founding, and the College became the second[2] school in the nation to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women.[17]

Many Hillsdale students served in the Union army during the American Civil War. A higher percentage of Hillsdale students enlisted than from any other non-military college.[18] Of the more than 400 men serving, half became officers. During the conflict, four Hillsdale students received the Medal of Honor, three became generals, and many more served as regimental commanders. For the more than sixty that died, a monument was erected in their honor, which now stands between Kendall and Lane Halls.[2]

Non-discrimination policy[]

Hillsdale's non-discrimination policy remained controversial throughout its history. For example, Hillsdale's football team refused to play in the 1956 Tangerine Bowl in Florida when the governing committee of the Bowl would not allow the team's black players to join the white players on the field; the committee then selected Juniata College instead.[19][20]

Hillsdale College's policies came under fire in the 1970s following the enactment of affirmative action legislation. Because some students were receiving federal loans, the federal government asserted that it could require Hillsdale College to submit Assurance of Compliance forms mandated by Title IX as a condition of the continued receipt of federal financial assistance by two hundred Hillsdale students. Hillsdale refused compliance on the grounds that its own policies were less discriminatory than those the federal government would impose. This ongoing dispute with the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare (HEW) began to intensify in 1979 when the College filed a petition for judicial review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, asking the court to overturn a previous decision by the Reviewing Authority, Office of Civil Rights of HEW. In December 1982, the Sixth Circuit upheld Hillsdale's refusal to sign the compliance forms but also ruled that government aid to individual students could be terminated without a finding that a college actually discriminated.


Aerial view of Lane Hall and South Quad

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Delp Hall and the Liberty Walk, facing Central Hall

In February 1984, in a related case, Grove City College v. Bell, the Supreme Court required every college or university to fulfill federal requirements – past and future requirements – if its students received federal aid. As a result of the court's decision, Hillsdale withdrew from all federal assistance beginning with the 1984–85 academic year; Grove City College, the defendant in that case, followed Hillsdale's lead four years later.

Beginning with the 2007–2008 academic year, Hillsdale also stopped accepting Michigan state assistance, instead matching any funds that a student would have received from the state with its own aid.[21] Since 2007, Hillsdale's entire operating budget of the college, including scholarships, comes from private funding and endowments.

Hillsdale's feud with the federal government is ongoing; in its 2010 "Resolution Against Federal Interference," it accuses both Congress and the Obama administration of appearing, "even more than the worst of their predecessors, bent on extending federal control over American higher education and other areas of American life."[22]

Recent history[]

Since 1981, Hillsdale has presented National Leadership Seminars nationwide on issues of politics, economics and culture. To date, more than 19,000 community, business and media leaders around the country have attended these seminars. Past speakers include Steve Forbes, Benjamin Netanyahu, Dan Quayle, Tony Snow, Margaret Thatcher, and Caspar Weinberger.[23][24]

In 1987, Hillsdale College's dean of women initiated a lawsuit against another faculty member, alleging he had made slanderous remarks about her in the context of a controversy around her role in the selection of the editor of the student newspaper, The Hillsdale Collegian. A letter to the editor signed by sixteen faculty members questioned the appropriateness of legal action in this dispute. One of the three faculty members who had prepared the letter, history professor Warren Treadgold, was informed afterwards that his probationary appointment would not be renewed. A subsequent investigation by a committee of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) concluded that Hillsdale had violated the Association's standards in the context of the nonreappointment and found evidence that the administration had made that decision because of Treadgold's role in preparing the letter, even though this activity "should have been protected under generally accepted principles of academic freedom."[25] Hillsdale has never sought a retraction of the AAUP’s allegations because the AAUP’s authority to censure is self-appointed, and because the AAUP’s proposed faculty-review board would have authority to overturn decisions of Hillsdale’s Board of Trustees, which is the ultimate authority for personnel issues at Hillsdale.[26]


Imprimis is the free monthly speech digest of Hillsdale College and is dedicated to educating citizens and promoting civil and religious liberty by covering cultural, economic, political and educational issues of enduring significance. The content of Imprimis is drawn from speeches delivered to Hillsdale College-hosted events, both on-campus and off-campus. First published in 1972, Imprimis is one of the most widely circulated opinion publications in the nation with over two million subscribers.[7]

Contributors to Imprimis have included Jeb Bush, Ward Connerly, Dinesh D'Souza, Milton Friedman, Jack Kemp, Irving Kristol, David McCullough, Richard John Neuhaus, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Clarence Thomas, and Tom Wolfe.

In addition to the print and email editions, Hillsdale's Department of External Affairs reported that Imprimis would be developed as an Apple iPhone and iPad app by the end of 2011.[27]


A Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) special lecture taking place

Center for Constructive Alternatives[]

Hillsdale often features prominent speakers at college events, including its Center for Constructive Alternatives (CCA) program, one of the largest college lecture series in America. Lectures are open to the public and out-of-town guests are welcomed.[28] Speakers have included Stephen Ambrose, Benazir Bhutto, Harry Browne, Russell Kirk, Harvey Mansfield, Charles Murray, Ralph Nader, P.J. O'Rourke, Phyllis Schlafly, and Juan Williams.[29][30]

The Barney Charter School Initiative[]

The Barney Charter School Initiative is a new project of Hillsdale College devoted to the education of young Americans. Through this initiative, the College will support the launch of K-12 charter schools. These schools will be based on a classical liberal arts model and have a strong civics component that will "equip students to understand and defend the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution."[31]

According to the college's website, "Reform of American public education, to be successful and good, must be built on a foundation of classical liberal arts learning—the kind of learning best suited to a free society and most needed for its preservation. The Barney Charter School Initiative is an important step in that direction. To advance the founding of classical charter schools, Hillsdale College is continually seeking groups of parents and local citizens who care deeply about education, who plan to apply or are in the process of applying for a charter, and who are interested in an association with Hillsdale. As groups are identified, Hillsdale will provide assistance to the formation of these schools’ academic programs. Drawing upon the experience of faculty members who have led classical schools, an education department uniquely devoted to classical liberal arts learning, and the College’s relationship with outstanding charter schools nationwide through its Center for Teacher Excellence, these new schools will promote a liberal and civic education in America’s public schools."[31]

Graduate School of Statesmanship[]

In early 2011, Hillsdale received official accreditation to establish a graduate program, to be called its "Graduate School of Statesmanship." According to the college, the program will be "a first-principles approach to graduate education in political philosophy and American politics offering the Ph.D. and M.A. in Politics," and will place emphasis on "both the theory and the practice of government." Courses began in the fall of 2012.[32]


Hillsdale College in the fall

College presidents[]

Early presidents[]

Daniel McBride Graham was the college's first president, serving from 1844 to 1848 and later serving a second term from 1871 to 1874.[33]

Edmund Burke Fairfield was the college's second president, leading Hillsdale from 1848 to 1869.[33] During his presidency, he helped found the Republican Party.[34]

James Calder was the college's third president, serving from 1869 to 1871. He later resigned to serve as president of the Pennsylvania State University.[33] He was succeeded by DeWitt Clinton Durgin, a graduate of Union College, from 1874–1878,[33] and George F. Mosher, who served from 1886 to 1901.[33][35]

Joseph William Mauck was the sixth president, leading from 1902 to 1922.[33] He was an outspoken advocate for women's suffrage.[36][37] He was succeeded by William Gear Spencer from 1922 to 1932,[33] who departed to lead Franklin College.[38]

Willfred Otto Mauck was the eighth president from 1933 to 1942. He was succeeded by Harvey L. Turner from 1942 to 1952, and J. Donald Phillips from 1952 to 1971.[33]

George Roche III[]

George Roche III was the eleventh president of Hillsdale College, serving from 1971 to 1999. He focused on raising the college's endowment, establishing new programs like the Center for Constructive Alternatives and bringing prominent national speakers to campus. It was also during his time at the school that Imprimis, Hillsdale's speech digest, was published in 1972.[33] He resigned from his position at the college on November 10, 1999 after being placed on a leave of absence by the college's board of directors. This occurred after Lissa Jackson Roche, his daughter-in-law, was found dead in Slayton Arboretum shortly after alleging that she and Roche had an affair. He emphatically denied her claims and maintained that no sexual relationship had taken place. Her death was ruled a suicide by investigators.[3][39]

Larry P. Arnn[]

Dr. Larry P. Arnn currently serves as president of the college, a position he assumed in 2000.[40] Arnn's academic interest in Sir Winston Churchill led to the establishment of the annual Churchill Dinner in Washington, D.C. Past speakers at the dinner include Charles Krauthammer, Rush Limbaugh, Karl Rove, and Clarence Thomas.[41] Arnn is one of the highest paid liberal arts college presidents in the United States, earning an annual compensation package in 2009 totaling $608,615, which includes a base salary of $289,867.[42][43]


Allan P. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship, in Washington D.C.


Banner of The Hillsdale Collegian


Hillsdale is ranked 82nd of 650 schools, including 15th in the Midwest and 3rd in the state of Michigan, in the 2012 Forbes report of America's Best Colleges.[44] It ranked 96th in the 2013 U.S. News & World Report listing of best National Liberal Arts Colleges.[45] It ranks second in the Princeton Review's The Best 377 Colleges 2012 listing of colleges where students are "most conservative."[46] As of 2012, Hillsdale is a member of Loren Pope's Colleges That Change Lives (CTCL).[47]

Off-campus study[]

Off-campus study programs include the Washington Journalism Internship at the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C.; the James C. Quayle Journalism Intern Program; Hillsdale College Professional Sales Intern Program; Hillsdale in Seville, Spain at The Center for Cross-Cultural Study; the Hillsdale/Oxford Scholars Program; Hillsdale College/Universität des Saarlandes, at Saarbrücken, Germany; Hillsdale College Intensive Language Summer School in Tours, France; Hillsdale College Intensive Language & Culture Summer Program in Würzburg, Germany; Hillsdale College at Regent's College, London; Hillsdale College at the University of St. Andrews, at St. Andrews, Scotland; and the Washington-Hillsdale Internship Program (WHIP), where students reside one semester in Washington, D.C., studying Political Science by working 35–40 hours per week in government or private sector positions, and take two classroom courses in either American Politics or Public Policy, and either Contemporary American Foreign Policy or National Security.[48]

The Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies & Citizenship in Washington, D.C., exists "to advance the principles and ideas that have made America free and prosperous."[49] The Kirby Center sponsors lectures and online events consistent with the mission of Hillsdale College.[4][50]

Statues of the Liberty Walk[]

Along with message-inscribed bricks purchased by friends and alumni of Hillsdale College, the Liberty Walk is lined with the likenesses of numerous well-known Western leaders and icons, the writings and ideas of which the college considers invaluable to both its own history and those of the United States and the Western tradition. Aside from the Hillsdale Eagle and a statue of the nameless Union soldier (dedicated in 1895, the 30th anniversary of the end of the Civil War), these include George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Winston Churchill, and Margaret Thatcher. A statue of Ronald Reagan was dedicated on October 7, 2011, coinciding with the centennial year of his birth. Reagan spoke at the college in 1977 prior to his presidency, stating, "Hillsdale deserves the appreciation of all who labor for freedom."[51] Statues of James Madison, Frederick Douglass, and Hillsdale theologian Ransom Dunn are among possible future contributions.[52]

However, numerous Hillsdale students have, for years, called for considering the likenesses of more classical Western thinkers, such as Socrates, Cicero, Aristotle, Augustine, or Thomas Aquinas among others. These requests range in urgency, and stem partly from the fear that by focusing too much on "modern" conservative icons, Hillsdale College risks being seen as "a mere right-wing ideology center." One student author commented as early as 2003, "I don't frown upon the statues we've chosen; I only regret the lack of historical depth, the relatively shallow reach with which we are dipping into tradition's pool. If we want to represent truly the glory of the Western tradition, then we need to include the likenesses of those men that paved the way for present and recent heroes."[53][54]

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Stone gazebo in section of Slayton Arboretum formerly nicknamed "Mt. Zion"

Slayton Arboretum[]

Slayton Arboretum officially began in 1922 when Mr. and Mrs. George A. Slayton donated 14 acres to Hillsdale College to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation. But the site’s use by the College students dates back to at least the 1860s, when the land was known as VanValkenburgh’s cow pasture. The pasture had a large, wooded knob, nicknamed Mt. Zion, which was used as a retreat for orations, marshmallow roasts, and scenic inspiration.

Dr. Bertram A. Barber, a professor in the Biology Department at Hillsdale College, envisioned creating a functional Arboretum on the site as an outdoor laboratory and field station for students and as a biological garden for the community. Additional land soon followed, and by 1924, Dr. Barber’s dream of an Arboretum was fulfilled through donated plants and the labor of Hillsdale students and volunteers.

In 1939, Slayton Arboretum was listed as one of Michigan's Points of Interest, and up to 700 people a day visited the site.

The 1970s, 1980s and 1990s saw extensive repairs and restoration to the Arboretum’s buildings and grounds, as well as the addition of several new gardens, new trails, labeling and mapping of trees and the installation of a red iron bridge to allow access across the Barber Drive wetland. An annual plant sale, launched with the help of the Hillsdale Evening Garden Club, generates funds used to make improvements in the Arboretum.[55]


Grewcock Student Union viewed from the East Lawn

Campus life[]


The College has a number of sports teams that compete on the NCAA Division II level, including baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, softball, women's swimming, track and field, cross country, and volleyball.[56] The college also has club teams and intramural sports that vary from year to year.[57] The Chargers, as the Hillsdale athletics teams are known, compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

Football coach Frank "Muddy" Waters was the head coach at Hillsdale from 1954–1973. The football stadium, Frank Waters Stadium, is named in his honor.[58]


  • 1985: Football – NAIA Division I[59]
  • 1993 & 1994: NAIA Men's Indoor Track & Field, High Jump National Champion: Jim McHugh
  • 2010 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track & Field, 35# Weight Throw Champion: Jason Stomps
  • 2012: NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track & Field, 800 Meter and 1 Mile National Champion: Amanda Putt[60]
  • 2012: ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Division III Champions Combined High Overall Team in American Skeet, American Trap, International Skeet, International Trap, Five Stand, Sporting Clays.

National Runners-up:

  • 1957: Football – NAIA[59]
  • 1992: Men's Cross Country – NAIA[61]
  • 1994: Men's Cross Country – NAIA[61]

Basketball Final Four:

  • 1981: Men's Basketball – NAIA Division I[62]

Greek life[]

North-American Interfraternity Conference Fraternities

  • Delta Tau Delta – Kappa Chapter, rechartered in 2004 [63]
  • Sigma Chi – Alpha Kappa Chapter, rechartered in 1980 [64]
  • Alpha Tau Omega – Beta Kappa Chapter, 1888[65]
  • Delta Sigma Phi – Tau Chapter, 1915[66]

National Panhellenic Conference Sororities

  • Kappa Kappa Gamma – Kappa Chapter, 1881[67]
  • Pi Beta Phi – Michigan Alpha Chapter, 1887[68]
  • Chi Omega – Rho Gamma Chapter, 1924[69]

Alma Mater[]

Hillsdale's alma mater is "White and Blue." The words and melody were composed by Bess Hagaman Tefft, Class of 1937.[70]

Proudly we sing of college halls, gracing a hilltop high.
Proudly our tower and ivied walls point to an azure sky.
And may that spirit long remain, bringing distinction true.
Noble pride in our Hillsdale’s name endures ’neath the white and blue.
Here we for greater knowledge strive, here lasting friends acquire.
Here may we keep our dreams alive, as we to heights aspire.
Here may our youth a challenge meet, building our hopes anew.
Faith in life becomes complete ’neath banners of white and blue.

Notable alumni[]

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Bion J. Arnold


Jared Maurice Arter


Chris Chocola


Elizebeth Friedman

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Washington Gardner

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Moses A. Luce

  • Bud Acton (c. 1964), former NBA player
  • E. Ross Adair (1929), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana
  • Chester Hardy Aldrich, One-term Governor of Nebraska and former Justice of the Nebraska Supreme Court[71]
  • Bion J. Arnold (1884), expert in mass transportation, called the "Father of the Third Rail"
  • Jared Maurice Arter (1885), slavery-born African-American pastor and educator
  • Manuel Ayau (1973), Guatemalan-born politician, humanitarian, and founder of the "Universidad Francisco Marroquín"
  • Clara Bayliss (1871), female social activist, author, teacher, headed the Education Committee in the Illinois Congress of Mothers, helped develop the PTA
  • Lynn Bell (1906), professional baseball player, American college football coach
  • Clarence Black (1999), contestant on CBS's Survivor: Africa
  • Tyler Blanski (2006), author and musician
  • Will Carleton (1869), American poet
  • Chris Chocola (1984), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana's 2nd congressional district and the current President of the Club for Growth
  • Bob Clark (1963), filmmaker, most famous for directing A Christmas Story
  • Cyrus Cline (1876), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana
  • Kirk Cordill (1992), CEO of BMW China[44]
  • David L. Cornwell (1964), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Indiana
  • Dan Crane (1958), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois's 22nd and 19th congressional districts
  • Phil Crane (1952), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Illinois's 8th congressional district
  • Edwin Wilber Cunningham (1866), former justice of the Kansas Supreme Court[72]
  • Robert William Davis (1952), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 11th congressional district
  • Solomon Robert Dresser (1865), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Pennsylvania and founder and president of S.R. Dresser Manufacturing Co., now Dresser Industries
  • Spencer O. Fisher (c. 1865), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 10th congressional district
  • Clinton B. Fisk (c. 1844), namesake of Fisk University and Prohibition Party candidate for president in 1888
  • Walter M. French (1896), former justice on the Washington Supreme Court[73]
  • Elizebeth Friedman (1915), female pioneer of American cryptography
  • Washington Gardner (1870), Civil War soldier and statesman
  • Tom Heckert (1990), general manager for the Cleveland Browns
  • Andre Holmes (2011), wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys
  • Albert J. Hopkins (1870), former senator from Illinois
  • Walter Howell III (1980), international director of Jones Lang LaSalle, the world's largest commercial real estate development firm[44]
  • Oscar A. Janes (1868), American Civil War veteran, lost left arm in battle, elected to Michigan Senate in 1895
  • Calvin Jung (1969), actor, most famous for his role as "Mr. Lee" in the 1970s Calgon Water Softener commercial that coined the phrase, "Ancient Chinese Secret, huh?"
  • Marcia Watkins Kazurinski (1972), Broadway dancer, actor, singer[44]
  • Henry M. Kimball (c. 1900), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 3rd congressional district
  • Fred Knorr (1937), radio executive and part-owner of the Detroit Tigers
  • Jim Larkin (1961), American college football coach
  • Peter Leeson (2001), economist
  • Peter Leithart (1981), Reformed theologian
  • Chuck Liebrock (1967), former Canadian football player
  • Pamela Lowe (1980), vice president of Cintas Corporation[44]
  • Moses A. Luce (1866), lawyer and Medal of Honor recipient
  • Mike Lude (1947), American college athletic director
  • Verner Main (1907), former member of the United States House of Representatives from Michigan
  • Chester Marcol (1972), former placekicker for the Green Bay Packers
  • Alton G. Marshall (1942), top aide to Nelson Rockefeller[74]
  • Bruce McLenna (1966), former halfback for the Detroit Lions
  • Spencer G. Millard (1877), former Lieutenant Governor of California
  • Joseph B. Moore (1879), former justice on the Michigan Supreme Court
  • Thomas Morrison (1997), representative for the 54th District in the Illinois General Assembly
  • Howard Mudd (1963), former offensive line coach for Indianapolis Colts
  • Robert P. Murphy (1998), economist and author
  • Aric Nesbitt (2001), member of Michigan House of Representatives, 80th district
  • Walter R. Nickel (1929), dermatologist, a founder of the field of dermatopathology
  • Walter H. North (1896), former justice on the Michigan Supreme Court[75]
  • Jasper Packard (c. 1853), newspaper editor and U.S. Representative from Indiana[76]
  • Keith Otterbein (1979), American college football coach
  • Edward Peper (1984), general manager of Chevrolet Division, General Motors Corporation[44]
  • T. R. Peters, Sr. (1953), author/poet, speech writer, first Hillsdale alumnus to be honored as a distinguished alumnus in the field of literature
  • Ulysses Grant Baker Pierce (1891), Unitarian minister and Chaplain of the Senate from 1909 to 1913
  • Erik Prince (1992), founder and owner of private military company Blackwater USA
  • David Pringle (1965), president of Luminys Systems Corp., chief technology officer of Imagility, Inc., winner of two Academy Awards and one Emmy Award for technical achievement[44]
  • Wayne Schurr (1959), former Chicago Cubs relief pitcher
  • Ruta Sepetys (1989), author
  • Michael Sessions (2010), former mayor of Hillsdale, Michigan, one of the youngest mayors ever elected in the U.S.
  • James Seward (1964), noted cardiologist of the Mayo Clinic[44]
  • May Gorslin Preston Slosson (BS 1878, MS 1879), educator and suffragist, first woman Philosophy PhD in the U.S.
  • Rose Hartwick Thorpe (c. 1872), poetTemplate:Citation needed
  • Ron Tripp (c. 1975), expert in Sambo and Judo and current general secretary of USA Judo
  • Steve Van Andel (1978), chairman of Amway[77]
  • Steve Vear (1980), member of Michigan House of Representatives, 58th district
  • Jared Veldheer (2010), lineman for the Oakland Raiders
  • Rube Vickers (1903), Major League Baseball pitcherTemplate:Citation needed
  • Leroy Waterman (1898), archaeologist, scholar, and Biblical translator
  • Hans Zeiger (2007), author and representative for the 25th Legislative District of Washington

Notable faculty[]

Present faculty[]

  • Larry P. Arnn, educator and political scientist[78]
  • Michael Bauman, theology[79]
  • Allan C. Carlson, historian[80]
  • Burton Folsom, economic historian[81]
  • Gary L. Wolfram, economist and public policy analyst[82]

Visiting faculty & fellows[]

  • Sir Martin Gilbert, official biographer of Winston Churchill and twentieth century historian[83]
  • Victor Davis Hanson, classicist and war historian[83]
  • D. G. Hart, religious and social historian
  • Mark Helprin, novelist and intelligence expert[84]
  • Carl F.H. Henry, famous theologian[83]
  • Stephen Markman, Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court[85]
  • David McCullough, historian[83]
  • Madsen Pirie, British researcher, author, and educator[83]
  • Mark Steyn, journalist[83]
  • Clarence Thomas, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States[83]

Past faculty[]

  • Ransom Dunn, dean and professor emeritus
  • Clark Durant, educator, Senate candidate, co-founder of Cornerstone Schools (Michigan) and Imprimis
  • Richard Ebeling, Austrian economist[86]
  • Russell Kirk, conservative writer
  • Madsen Pirie, British researcher and former visitor in philosophy and logic
  • Frank "Muddy" Waters, College Football Hall of Fame inductee[87]


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