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W&L Alum Inaugurated As College of Idaho President

The College of Idaho is inaugurating Washington and Lee alumnus Marvin Henberg as its 12th president today in Caldwell, Idaho. No doubt, those who knew Marvin during his student days when he was known as Swede and served as student body president and won a Rhodes Scholarship would be quick to tell the folks at the College of Idaho that they made a good choice. A first generation student who came to W&L from Wyoming, Marvin got his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Texas after studying in Oxford on the Rhodes. He’s had a distinguished academic career with stops at the University of Idaho and Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., where he was interim president. Through his career, Marvin’s W&L experience has not been far from his mind. In fact, his official biography on the College of Idaho Web site features this concluding quote: “Whatever successes I have had in my teaching, I attribute them to my enthusiasm for making ideas come alive for students in the way my W&L mentors made them come alive for me.” And a really good interview with him in the Idaho Statesman has this tribute to his alma mater: “I would never have done anything in life if donors from my alma mater, Washington and Lee University (in Virginia), had not funded scholarships that took a kid from Wyoming who was bright but had no background and gave me an education.”

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