Ted Wendell Adds Honorary Degree to his Many Accomplishments
At the commencement ceremony celebrating the class of 2015 in May, longtime trustee Ted Wendell had his own cause for celebration. The ardent and generous supporter received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, in recognition of his service to higher education and philanthropy.
“This is indeed a great honor for me and I thank the faculty and trustees and the greater Marlboro community,” said Ted, who first came to Marlboro from Harvard University in 1962 to teach mathematics. He went on to serve as dean of admissions, earning him the title of “teen dean,” as well as the first fulltime dean of students. “My deepest affection for Marlboro comes from the friendships I’ve enjoyed, from my first boss Tom Ragle, through the wonderful faculty, staff, trustees, and students, to our current president Ellen McCulloch-Lovell.”
As a Marlboro trustee, chairman from 1997 to 2001, and treasurer too, Ted has always upheld the college’s highest ideals and engaged with its day-to-day challenges and triumphs. To address retention in 2008, he and his wife Mary helped launch the Bridges program, which offers fully funded activities such as backpacking, spelunking, dance, and writing to welcome new students.
“When I arrived at Marlboro in the fall of 1962 to teach math, the mission of the college was simply to teach students to think,” said Ted. “Though somewhat expanded, that still is the essence of the college mission today. My modification, based on 40 years of experience, would be ‘to teach students to think for themselves.’”