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William M. Chace

When William M. Chace won a Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship to teach at Stillman College in Alabama, his experiences there confirmed his decision to become a teacher. Since then, he has taught at UC-Berkeley and Stanford University, where he spent 20 years on the faculty of the English department before leaving to become president of Wesleyan and Emory universities. Professor Chace’s lifelong passion for authors and poets includes James Joyce, W.B. Yeats and T.S. Eliot. He is the author of many articles and books, including The Political Identities of Ezra Pound and T.S. Eliot and One Hundred Semesters: My Adventures as a Student, Professor, and University President.

"Best vacation I have ever been on due to the content of the material and incomparable Bill Chase."

Wade Killefer, '71, Examining James Joyce & Literary Dublin, 2016


At Stanford:

  • Professor of English, 1968–1988
  • Associate dean of humanities and sciences, 1982–1985
  • Vice provost for academic planning and development, 1985–1988

  • President, Emory University, 1994-2003
  • President, Wesleyan University, 1988–1994

  • The Political Identities of Ezra Pound and T. S. Eliot (1973)
  • Lionel Trilling: Criticism and Politics (1983)
  • 100 Semesters: My Adventures as Student, Professor and University President and What I Learned Along the Way (Princeton University Press, 2006)
Academic History:

  • BA, 1961, Haverford College
  • MA and PhD, English, 1968, UC-Berkeley

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