Monmouth College English Professor Mark Willhardt Named New Interim Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs


Veteran Monmouth College English professor, Mark Willhardt, has been named the College’s Interim Dean and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Willhardt, who has been an English professor at the College since 2000, will replace David M. Timmerman, who was named Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Carthage (Wis.) College earlier this month.

Willhardt said he looks forward “to carrying on what Dean Timmerman began and advancing the projects in the time allowed.”

“Monmouth has a deep and powerful community of scholars who offer students a distinctive classroom experience, and our faculty build relationships with students that last across generations,” said Willhardt. “Monmouth is a place that values teaching and the dissemination of knowledge. Our graduates take that knowledge into the world, where they make a difference in their professions and in their communities.”

Willhardt holds a bachelor’s degree from Macalester (Minn.) College, and a master’s degree and a doctorate from Rutgers University. Willhardt grew up in Monmouth, the son of Professor Emeritus of English Gary Willhardt ’59 and the late Jan Miller Willhardt ’60.

“With Mom’s and Dad’s history at the College, my connection with Monmouth goes beyond a job — it’s been the family business for a very long time,” he said.

“We are fortunate that there are several individuals who could step into this role, and I thank the members of the Faculty Senate for their recommendations,” said Monmouth President Clarence R. Wyatt. “Mark will do an excellent job. He is a distinguished professor of English who has served in nearly every leadership role in faculty governance.”

Wyatt said that he hopes to name a permanent dean and vice president of academic affairs in early 2019.

For more information contact: Duane Bonifer 309-457-2321,

“Article courtesy of Monmouth College”


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