McCardell at Middlebury
McCardell joined the history faculty at Middlebury College in 1976 and served as Middlebury’s president from 1992 until he stepped down in 2004.
In addition to teaching, McCardell served the college as dean for academic development and planning, dean of the faculty, provost, and vice president for academic affairs before being named president. McCardell was only the second president in the almost 200-year history of the college to be selected from the ranks of the faculty.
As Middlebury’s president, McCardell led a strategic planning effort that took a comprehensive view of the institution and projected an enrollment increase, the addition of new faculty, and a facilities plan including new and renovated spaces. He articulated a case for “peaks of conspicuous excellence” and developed a plan for committing new resources to these carefully chosen strengths. He also initiated the creation of a residential commons system similar to Sewanee’s living and learning communities. McCardell led a successful capital campaign at Middlebury, which exceeded its $200 million goal by almost $12 million.