Scope and Contents
These are files maintained during the presidency of Thomas R. Tritton from July, 1997 to June, 2007. Unlike the files of his immediate predecessors, these seem incomplete, perhaps a reflection of the increasingly electronic form of information and communication. There are two main series. The "Topical" files are copies of emails kept (not carefully) by Tritton. Although covering a wide range of subjects, the files on College planning and diversity are particularly abundant. Other significant files for the Provost and Senior Staff reflect on many aspects of Tritton's tenure. The Chronological series is the outgoing correspondence and memoranda files kept by his administrative assistant, with some incoming letters. The majority of this material concerns the fundraising efforts for the $200 million "Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve" campaign from 1998 to 2004. In this and throughout the Tritton papers there is much discussion of integrated learning which was realized in the construction of the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center and the Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center, as well as the establishment of the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center and Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. The Budget records were sampled as indicated in the description. The Miscellaneous material fell outside the other series and includes the 1999 Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Self-Study and 2004 periodic review of progress since 1999.
Thomas R. Tritton became Haverford College's 12th President in July, 1997, and served for a decade, leaving in June, 2007. A Quaker and a cancer research expert, Tritton came from the University of Vermont, where he had been a pharmacology professor, vice provost, and had had oversight for computing and technology. He was also responsible for the University's performing arts and museum programs. The hallmark of his tenure at Haverford was the successful "Educating to Lead, Educating to Serve" campaign to raise $200 million. The primary goal was to raise capital and endowment funds for "Tritton's concept of integrated scholarship [which] implies the dissolution of boundaries across and between academic disciplines as well as among the various constituencies of the College." (Haverford Magazine, Fall 2006, p. 26). Two new buildings were constructed, the Marian E. Koshland Integrated Natural Sciences Center and the Douglas B. Gardner '83 Integrated Athletic Center, and two programs were established, the John B. Hurford '60 Humanities Center and Center for Peace and Global Citizenship. Endowments for faculty support and multicultural programs were also increased, although the original efforts to advance campus technology dropped in priority after 9/11. (Final Campaign Report, June 30, 2004, p. 64; Topical Series, Computing/IT file, 2002). Tritton was credited with bringing Haverford "from being a 'best-kept secret' to a position where our institutional accomplishments, profile and fund-raising reflect our academic stature and tradition." (Haverford Magazine, Fall 2006, p. 26). After leaving Haverford he became the second president of the Chemical Heritage Foundation, a research center for the history of science.