Title: (Retired) Vice President of Academic Affairs
Company: Ursinus College
Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania, United States
William Akin, Retired Vice President of Academic Affairs at Ursinus College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational administration.
After serving in the United States Army from 1956 to 1959, Dr. Akin began his academic pursuits at the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1961 and a Master of Arts in 1963. He started as an instructor of history at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1966, where he remained until 1969, and concluded his higher education at the University of Rochester in 1970, graduating with a PhD. Dr. Akin worked as an associate professor of history at Loyola College in Montreal, Canada, until 1977, additionally serving as the assistant dean of arts at Concordia University from 1975 to 1977. After garnering further experience as the dean of humanities for the aforementioned institution, he became the dean of Ursinus College in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, in 1979, a post he held until 1988, when he rose to the rank of the vice president of academic affairs. Dr. Akin served in this position for more than a decade, until his retirement in 2002.
In 1991, Dr. Akin was awarded an honorary doctorate from Tohoku Gakuin University, and since 1993, he has served as a member of the Pennsylvania Historical Preservation Board. He cites Fan Merril, Frank Kattel and John Wagner as mentors and inspirations in his career, and credits his wife, Libby, for her support throughout his professional pursuits. Dr. Akin is a member of the American Association of University Professors, the Society for American Baseball Research, the American Association of Academy Administrators and the American Historical Association, and has contributed to numerous published works. He authored “Faculty Development in Liberal Arts Colleges” in 1985 and “Technocracy and the American Dream” in 1977, additionally serving on the editorial board for Small College Creativity, Pennsylvania Folklife Magazine and West Virginia Baseball, among others. As a testament to his success and stature, Dr. Akin has been featured in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in American Education and the 24th edition of Who’s Who in the East.
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