Biography of Christopher C. Dahl
Christopher C. Dahl is President and Professor of English at the State University of New York at Geneseo. He was appointed to his current post in February 1996, having served as provost and interim president. Previously, he served as Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Millersville University of Pennsylvania and before that, as professor of English and chair of the Humanities Department at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
A specialist in Victorian literature, Dahl holds a bachelor's degree in English from Harvard College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees, also in English, from Yale University.
Active in his community, Dahl joined Geneseo students on Livingston CARES' 16th work trip to Biloxi, Mississippi to repair homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. As a baritone singer, he regularly performs as a member of the Geneseo Festival Chorus. In addition, he occasionally teaches nineteenth-century British literature to under-graduates. Close to home, he serves on the boards of the Center for Governmental Research and the Arts and Cultural Council for Greater Rochester. He also is a past president of Rochester Area Colleges, a consortium of 19 area colleges and universities.
At the national level, Dahl represents Geneseo as a board member of the American Council on Education. Previously, he served on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.
Under his leadership, Geneseo has clearly defined its role and mission as a public liberal arts college and center of excellence in undergraduate education in New York State. The college is consistently recognized as one of the best public undergraduate colleges in the nation.