Delaware Valley College’s tenth president, William L. George, returned to his alma mater on the eve of the College’s 1996 centennial celebration. Though poised to lead the College into the new millennium, this did not come to pass. George opted for retirement just months after his inauguration due to philosophical differences with a newly unionized faculty.
Born in New Jersey in 1938, George graduated first in his class with a degree in horticulture. He went on to earn master’s and doctoral degrees from Rutgers University, also in horticulture, with concentrations in genetics and plant physiology. Before accepting the post at DelVal, George served as associate dean and director of academic programs, College of Agriculture, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; professor at Ohio State University; and geneticist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.
George brought a global perspective to the College through his experience on national panels for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and engagement in educational programs in Japan, China and Africa.
Upon graduation from Delaware Valley College in 1960, George married Marilyn Richard. They have two children and live in Florida.