A. LeRoy Greason

Arthur LeRoy Greason, Jr. (born September 13, 1922[1] - August 28, 2011)[2] was the twelfth president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, serving from 1981 to 1990.

A. Leroy Greason
12th President of Bowdoin College
In office
Preceded byWillard F. Enteman
Succeeded byRobert Hazard Edwards
Personal details
BornSeptember 13, 1922
Newport, Rhode Island
DiedAugust 28, 2011 (aged 88)
Brunswick, Maine
Alma materWesleyan University
Harvard University

Early life and career

A native of Newport, Rhode Island, Greason graduated from Wesleyan University in 1944 as both a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the president of Wesleyan's student government. He subsequently attended Harvard University to earn his master's and doctorate degrees, and taught at both Wesleyan and Harvard.[3]

Greason began his Bowdoin career in 1952 as an instructor in English, becoming a full professor in 1966 with a specialty in 18th-century English literature. Greason served as both Dean of Students and Dean of the College before stepping down in 1975 to return to full-time teaching. Nevertheless, five years later, following the departure of President Willard F. Enteman, Greason was asked to serve as acting president. In the fall of 1981, he became the third faculty member at Bowdoin to become President of the College.

Bowdoin College presidency

During Greason's presidency, the college expanded its full-time teaching faculty from 100 to 125 and launched and successfully completed a $56 million capital campaign, the Campaign for Bowdoin. Additionally, the college constructed the Farley Field House, the Bowdoin College Swimming Pool, and the Campus Mall, which transformed the cross-campus access road into a pedestrian-friendly mall with an open-air stage, in response to concerns about through-traffic and parking hazards along that route.[4] Construction on the Hatch Science Library also began.

Greason's curricular achievements included reinstating the course distribution requirements Bowdoin had abolished in 1970, establishing its Department of Computer Science, and instituting its Arctic Studies, Asian Studies and Women's Studies programs. In 1987, Greason asked a special panel to decide whether fraternities should be abolished at Bowdoin. His successor, Robert Hazard Edwards, ultimately effected that change.


Greason received honorary degrees from his alma mater, Wesleyan University, and from Bates College, Colby College, the University of New England, and the University of Maine at Presque Isle. After retiring from Bowdoin's presidency in 1990, the college "awarded him a Doctor of Humane Letters."[5]


Following Greason's death at age 88, Bowdoin College President Barry Mills remembered him as follows on Bowdoin's website: “During his 10-year presidency, he expanded and strengthened academic offerings, increased the size and diversity of the faculty, and established strong ties between the college, alumni and the community... His greatest gift was his ability to find common ground among disparate people and to inspire them to work together. Bowdoin is a stronger, more humane place because of his service.”[6]

The Bowdoin College Swimming Pool was renamed the LeRoy Greason Pool in his memory. The pool has hosted NESCAC and NCAA Championship events, and Olympic swimmers have trained along its sixteen 25-yard deep-water lanes.[7]


  1. ^ Presidents and Deans of American Colleges and Universities. Who's who in American education. 1966. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  2. ^ "Remembering A. Leroy Greason, former president of the College - The Bowdoin Orient". Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  3. ^ "Letter from President Mills: Remembering A. LeRoy Greason Jr., Campus News (Bowdoin)". bowdoin.edu. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  4. ^ Anderson, Patricia McGraw, "The Back Campus and Mall," in The Architecture of Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine: Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 1988), p. 83.
  5. ^ http://www.timesrecord.com/articles/2011/08/30/news/doc4e5baba7bc953768488951.txt
  6. ^ Creamer, Melanie, "Feature Obituary: A. LeRoy Greason Jr., 88, Bowdoin College professor, leader," Portland Press Herald, August 30, 2011, pressherald.com
  7. ^ "LeRoy Greason Pool," Bowdoin Polar Bears, athletics.bowdoin.edu

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Preceded by
Willard F. Enteman
President of Bowdoin College
Succeeded by
Robert H. Edwards
Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College ( (listen) BOH-din) is a private liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine. At the time Bowdoin was chartered, in 1794, Maine was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college offers 34 majors and 36 minors, as well as several joint engineering programs with Columbia, Caltech, Dartmouth College, and The University of Maine.The college was a founding member of its athletic conference, the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium, an athletic conference and inter-library exchange with Bates and Colby College. Bowdoin has over 30 varsity teams and the school mascot was selected as a polar bear in 1913 to honor Robert Peary, a Bowdoin alumnus who led the first successful expedition to the north pole. Between the years 1821 and 1921, Bowdoin operated a medical school called the Medical School of Maine.The main Bowdoin campus is located near Casco Bay and the Androscoggin River. In addition to its Brunswick campus, Bowdoin also owns a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orr's Island and a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy. In 2019, the college was ranked as the fifth-best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


Greason may refer to:

A. LeRoy Greason (1922–2011), the twelfth president of Bowdoin College

Bill Greason (born 1924), retired American baseball player, became a Baptist minister

Jeff Greason, founder of XCOR Aerospace, the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

John Greason (1851–1889), American professional baseball player

Murray Greason (1901–1960), American college basketball and baseball coach

Staci Greason (born 1964), American actress

Thomas Greason (born 1970), Republican member of the Virginia House of Delegates

Johannes Girardoni

Johannes Girardoni is an Austrian-born, American sculptor and installation artist.

List of Wesleyan University people

This is a partial list of notable people affiliated with Wesleyan University. It includes alumni and faculty of the institution.

NCAA Men's Division III Swimming and Diving Championships

The NCAA Men's Division III Swimming and Diving Championships comprise an annual swim meet to determine the team and individual national champions of men's NCAA Division III collegiate swimming and diving in the United States.It has been held at the same time and place as the NCAA Women's Division III Swimming and Diving Championships each year since 1982.

The most successful program is Kenyon, who has won 34 national titles. Kenyon's 34 titles are the most by any collegiate program in one particular sport at any NCAA division. Kenyon's thirty-one consecutive titles, from 1980 until 2011, is also an all-division record.

The Lords won their record thirty-fourth national title in 2015.

NCAA Women's Division III Swimming and Diving Championships

The Women's Division III NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships are college championship events in the USA. The event is held annually following the winter regular season, and it consists of individual and team championships in a range of events in women's swimming and diving for swimmers from Division III universities. The meets take place in a 25-yard pool.In every year of contention, the women's championship has been held at the same time and venue as the NCAA Men's Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Robert H. Edwards

Robert Hazard Edwards (born May 26, 1935) is an American educator who was the seventh president of Carleton College and the thirteenth president of Bowdoin College.

Willard F. Enteman

Willard Finley Enteman (born 1936) was the eleventh president of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

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