David C. Hodge ’70

2010 Distinguished Citizen Award

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David Hodge says it all started with Macalester geography professor David Lanegran '63. Hodge's path from exceptional student and athlete to beloved teacher, productive researcher, loving husband and, now, university president, owes much to Professor Lanegran's influence.

A geography major at Macalester, Hodge earned his PhD in geography at Pennsylvania State University. He joined the University of Washington faculty in 1975, and over three decades he held many positions there, including seven years as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Winning the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington is among Hodge's proudest career highlights. In addition to teaching undergraduates, Hodge has supervised more than 40 graduate students. He was a leading researcher in his field, publishing dozens of papers, advising local governments, editing a leading journal, and serving as a program director for the National Science Foundation.

In 2006, Hodge became president of Miami University of Ohio, which he describes as a cross between Macalester and the University of Washington, two institutions that have shaped his life. He also serves on the board of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Hodge graduated from Macalester Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude. An accomplished track athlete, he was inducted into the Macalester Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996. He has maintained strong connections to the college, serving on the Board of Trustees and Alumni Board.

Hodge married another geography major, Valerie Leach Hodge '76—also thanks to Professor Lanegran, who introduced them. They have a son and a daughter.

While his accomplishments suggest his life is all work, Hodge doesn't mince words about fishing: It's not a hobby or a pastime…it's an obsession. Happy angling!