William Barclay Allen, PhD

Title: Dean and Professor Emeritus
Company:  Michigan State University
Location:  Havre de Grace, Maryland, United States 

William Barclay Allen, PhD, dean and professor emeritus for the Michigan State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

An award-winning scholar whose impact in academia has had an immediate and lasting impact, Dr. Allen is highly regarded for his demonstrated fluency and expertise in political philosophy and liberal arts education. What he learned over the course of his career that benefited him most in his professional growth is learning that at the end of the day what matters most is people. He encountered the joy of collaboration with others through his work as an educator for 37 years. Dr. Allen concluded his career in 2009 as a professor of political philosophy within the department of political science at Michigan State University, where he had also served as the director for the public policy and administration program for three years. Prior to that, he found success in such roles as dean and professor for James Madison College, professor of government for Harvey Mudd College and executive director for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. In his retirement, Dr. Allen serves as a visiting scholar in conservative thought and policy for the Center for Western Civilization, Thought and Policy at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

Dr. Allen’s impactful work has extended beyond the classroom. Today, he is known for his work as a trustee of the Harford County Public Library and director of the University of Maryland Medical Systems’ Upper Chesapeake Hospitals.  Up until last year, he was a Sunday Bible study director for the First Baptist Church. Other civic projects that Dr. Allen has been involved with includes trustee for the Union Missionary Baptist Church, member of the board of visitors and governors for St. John’s College, member of the executive advisory board for the Young Americans for Freedom Committee and treasurer for the board of trustees for the Leroy Boys’ Home Foundation, among many others.

When asked of his accomplishments, Dr. Allen attributes his success to the foundation that his education has provided him. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine College in 1968, followed by a Master of Arts in 1958 and a PhD in 1972 from the Claremont Graduate School. In recognition of his professional excellence, he was the recipient of a Salvatori Prize Laureate and a Booker T. Washington Legacy Award. Additionally, he was chosen as a Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the People’s Republic of China and a Fulbright Senior Specialist by the Heartland Institute. Looking ahead, Dr. Allen hopes to continue working hard and finding peace in his next project.

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