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Janet Riggs
Janet Morgan Riggs was appointed the 14th president of Gettysburg College in 2009.

She graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in psychology and mathematics and received her M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from Princeton University. Janet returned to Gettysburg College in 1981 as a faculty member in the Psychology Department, where she served as department chairperson. She has worked in a variety of administrative roles, including executive assistant to the president, interim provost, provost, and interim president, prior to her appointment as president.

Janet is the recipient of the Gettysburg College Student Senate Faculty Appreciation Award, the Thompson Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Woman of Distinction Award presented by the women students of Gettysburg College. She has taught courses in experimental methods, social psychology, and general psychology. Janet is currently a member of the following boards: Gettysburg Foundation, Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize, PA Campus Compact, Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of PA, and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

Entries by Janet Riggs

Ready to Serve: Fostering a New Generation of Engaged Citizens

(0) Comments | Posted June 4, 2014 | 1:45 PM

This month, hundreds of government, military, private sector, education, faith, philanthropic and nonprofit leaders will gather on Gettysburg College's campus for the Aspen Institute Franklin Project's Summit at Gettysburg -- and we are eager to join them in discussing how we might revive a sense of engaged citizenship in...

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Beyond Volunteering

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2014 | 11:00 AM

National Volunteer Week provides a time for honoring volunteers and a time to reflect upon the impact of public service in this country. As president of a residential college in a small American town, I often think about the impact of our students' service on our local community, as well...

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An Investment Worth Making

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 10:46 AM

I count myself among the fortunate few to have received a liberal arts education.

Like many 18 year olds, I went to college unsure of my career path. I first focused my studies in mathematics, took a course in psychology on a whim, and decided to major in both...

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Public Service: The Legacy of Kennedy

(0) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 9:41 AM

I remember the day clearly.

It was my father's birthday. I was in 3rd grade, and our teacher had wheeled in the TV cart for our weekly French lesson. Not long into the lesson, the show was interrupted with the announcement that the president had been shot.


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Post-Graduate Success Not Solely Based on Earnings

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2013 | 1:45 PM

The irony hit me immediately.

Last Thursday, President Obama unveiled plans to rate and reward colleges and universities based on outcomes as measured by the earnings of their graduates.

And yet, just a few months ago, President Obama recognized Gettysburg College and four other higher education institutions as...

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Addressing Affordability and the Need for Multiple Approaches in Higher Education: An Appeal to the President

(8) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 11:58 AM

In his speech last month, President Obama noted that a "cornerstone of a strong middle class... [is] an education that prepares our children and our workers for the global competition that they're going to face. And if you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs...

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Transformed by History: Gettysburg College's Call to Service

(2) Comments | Posted March 29, 2013 | 11:47 AM

As Gettysburg College joins the nation this year in commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, it's clear that not only our location binds us to these historic events. We are also bound by service.

When the Civil War made its way...

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Numbers Don't Lie -- A Cost/Value Analysis of a Liberal Arts Degree

(6) Comments | Posted February 26, 2013 | 1:03 PM

Can the poor and middle class afford an education at a private liberal arts college? And is it a wise investment?

What a shame that news stories about the high costs of college lead many to think that the answer to these questions is no. Not only is a liberal...

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MOOCs, Flips, and Blends

(0) Comments | Posted January 31, 2013 | 4:35 PM

Pick up any publication or article dealing with the future of higher education and you will be sure to read about online learning and its potential to change education -- higher education in particular -- in dramatic ways. Some have even suggested that online learning will make residential colleges like...

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