Office of the President

Office of the President

David Wippman

20th President, Hamilton College

David Wippman began his tenure as Hamilton’s 20th president on July 1, 2016. A recognized authority in international law, he has taught public international law, international criminal law, international human rights and ethnic conflict. He received his bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Princeton University in 1976, his master’s degree through a fellowship in the Graduate Program in English Literature at Yale University in 1978 and his law degree from Yale Law School in 1982. While at Yale, Wippman was the editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal. He clerked for The Honorable Wilfred Feinberg, chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Wippman became dean of the University of Minnesota Law School on July 1, 2008. Previously, he was a professor and associate dean at Cornell Law School and served as vice provost for international relations at Cornell University. He took a year away from Cornell to serve as a director in the National Security Council’s Office of Multilateral and Humanitarian Affairs, where he worked on war crimes issues, the International Criminal Court, economic sanctions and U.N. political issues.

Before joining Cornell, Wippman practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., with a focus on international arbitration, political consulting on public and private international law issues, and representation of developing countries in litigation. He has been a visiting scholar at the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland. Wippman has co-authored two recently released books in international law: International Law: Norms, Actors, Process: A Problem-Oriented Approach and Can Might Make Rights?: Building the Rule of Law After Military Interventions.


David Wippman was introduced to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 11, 2015.
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David Wippman talks with Phoebe Greenwald '16 and Caleb Williamson '17, student members of the Presidential Search Committee, about his background and what attracted him to Hamilton College.
Steve Sadove '73 and Bob Delaney '79, co-chairs of the Presidential Search Committee, discuss the search process and what makes David Wippman a great fit for Hamilton.
David Wippman is introduced to students, faculty and staff on Dec. 11 in the College Chapel by Stephen I. Sadove, chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Stephen I. Sadove ’73, P’07,’10,’13 leads David Wippman into the Chapel.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman takes the podium during the announcement. With him are search committee co-chairs and trustees Robert V. Delaney, Jr. ’79 (left) and Stephen I. Sadove ’73, P’07,’10,’13.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
A standing ovation from those gathered in the Chapel, including President Joan Hinde Stewart.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Following the announcement in the Chapel, David Wippman meets members of the Hamilton community in the Fillius Events Barn.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman, right, speaks with Professor of Economics Stephen Wu, left, and College Chaplain Jeff McArn at a reception.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman enjoys dinner with students in Soper Hall of Commons on Friday.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Search committee members Phoebe L. Greenwald '16 and Caleb D. Williamson '17 are seated next to Wippman for dinner.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman addresses the media at a Friday press conference. <br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman speaks with members of the faculty, including Professor of English Margaret Thickstun, during a reception.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman, center, with Professor of Music Michael "Doc" Woods and Professor of Communication Catherine Waite Phelan.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
David Wippman meets students at the men's hockey game on Friday night.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
Hamilton's next president David Wippman with President Joan Hinde Stewart.<br />Photo: Nancy L. Ford
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