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Hunter R. Rawlings III

Hunter Rawlings

Hunter Rawlings is president emeritus and professor of classics and history at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.

A native of Norfolk, Va., Rawlings has given lectures on Madison's life and legacy at institutions across the country and was a featured speaker at Madison's 250th birthday ceremonies at the Library of Congress and on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. He serves on the board of directors of James Madison's Montpelier in Orange, Va., where he and his wife, Elizabeth, maintain a home.

Prior to his tenure at Cornell, Rawlings was a professor and administrator at the University of Colorado and later served as president at the University of Iowa. He also has served as chair of the Ivy Council of Presidents and of the Association of American Universities, and was a member of the American Council on Education board.

He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and serves on the managing board of his alma mater, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation at Haverford College. Rawlings also serves on the board of the National Humanities Center and the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

Rawlings earned a bachelor's degree in classics in 1966 from Haverford College and received a Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1970.