Carol Quillen has served as President of Davidson College, a top-10 liberal arts college, since 2011. She has led Davidson College in developing among its students the qualities desperately needed in our world today: leadership, integrity, curiosity and empathy. Under her guidance, Davidson is creating a new model for higher education in an increasingly interconnected world. The college's students cultivate deep skills and capacities, such as critical thinking and problem solving, heightened by studies in the uncharted areas where disciplines overlap and discoveries are made. Combined with experiential learning, at home and abroad, they leave equipped to have a disproportionate impact in the world. Quillen previously served as vice president for international and interdisciplinary initiatives at Rice University. She earned a B.A. in American history from the University of Chicago, Phi Beta Kappa with special and general honors, then a Ph.D. in European history from Princeton University, which recently awarded her its highest honor for an alum of its graduate schools.