Daniel R. Chamberlain

Daniel R. Chamberlain
4th President of Houghton College
In office
Preceded by Wilbur Dayton
Succeeded by Shirley Mullen
Personal details
Born 1932
Spouse(s) Joyce Books
Children Rodney, Mark, Anthony, Priscilla, Aletha, Cynthia, and Marianne
Alma mater Upland College
California State College at Los Angeles
University of California at Los Angeles
University of Southern California
Profession Professor
Website http://www.houghton.edu/125/presidents.htm

Daniel R. Chamberlain is a former president of Houghton College. He served for 30 years a president of the college.[1] He is married to the former Joyce Books, and has 7 children: Rodney, Mark, Anthony, Priscilla, Aletha, Cynthia, and Marianne. On February 14, 2005, Dr. Chamberlain announced his retirement from the post of president effective May 2006. He is succeeded by Dr. Shirley Mullen as of June 1, 2006.[2] At the time of his retirement he was one of the longest serving college President in the United States.[3][4]

During President Chamberlains tenure as president he was able to change the campus skyline with the addition of the Center for the arts building, an academic building, the South Hall men's residence, the Stevens Art Studios, the Nielsen Physical Education Center, several town homes, an apartment building.[5] As President he also started the policy that provides all student with a laptop computer to all student upon enrollment at the college.[6]

To Honor the former president the college named the academic building the Chamberlain Center.[7]




  • Western Pilgrim College, 1953–59,

Teacher of English & History, Academic Dean

  • Pasadena City Schools, 1959–63,

Teacher of English & History, Co-Director, Experimental Team Teaching Project

  • Upland College, 1963–65,

Chairman, Division of Professional Studies, Teacher of English, Acting President

Assistant University Dean for University-Wide Activities

Dean of the College

  • Houghton College, 1976–2006,


Professional Experience & Memberships

  • Chairman, Christian College Consortium Dean’s Council, 1975–78
  • Chairman, Council of Mennonite College Deans, 1974–77
  • Harrisburg Chapter Phi Delta Kappa
   *First Vice President, 1975–76
   *President-Elect, 1976–77 
  • American Association of Higher Education (Lifetime Member)
  • Member & Chairman of numerous evaluation teams for Middle States & the States of Pennsylvania & New Jersey
  • Chairman, Christian College Consortium
  • Chairman, Wesleyan Education Council
  • Chairman, Vice Chairman & Executive Committee, Independent College Fund of NY
  • Board of Directors, CICU (Commission of Independent Colleges & Universities)
  • Chairman, Coalition of Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Lecturer on American Higher Education, Beijing (China) Center for the Study of Higher Education
  • Lecturer on Social Science Research in the United States, Institute for Social Science Research, Shanghai, China
  • Chairman, Western New York Consortium for Higher Education
  • Presidents’ Council, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Presidential Mentor, Coalition for Christian Colleges & Universities
  • Member, Association for Presidents of Independent Colleges & Universities


  • Listed in Who’s Who in America - 1982 Edition (& subsequent editions)
  • Listed in Who’s Who in the East - 1982 Edition (& subsequent editions)
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award - Messiah/Upland College Alumni Assoc. 1987
  • Listed in Who’s Who in Society - 1988 Edition
  • Listed in Who’s Who in U.S. Executives - 1990 Edition
  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Education - Third Edition
  • Listed in Oxford’s Who’s Who
  • Named one of 50 Most Outstanding alumni, CA State University of LA – 1997
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Huntington College, IN – 2000
  • Doctor of Humane Letters, Houghton College - 2001

External links

Academic offices
Preceded by
Wilber Dayton
President of Houghton College
1976 – 2006
Succeeded by
Shirley Mullen


  1. ^ "Houghton College Presidents". Houghton College. http://www.houghton.edu/125/presidents.htm. Retrieved 22 December 2010. 
  2. ^ Rey, Jay (May 20, 2006). "Houghton College names alumna as president; 1st woman to hold post". Buffalo News. http://findarticles.com/p/news-articles/buffalo-news/mi_8030/is_20060520/houghton-college-names-alumna-president/ai_n42928484/. Retrieved 21 December 2010. 
  4. ^ Basinger, Julianne (September 13, 2002). "Staying Power: How Some Presidents Go On for Decades When Others Are Out After a Few Years The Chronicle of Higher Education". Chronicle of Higher Education: p. 28. 
  5. ^ Daneman, Matthew (February 17, 2005). "Houghton College leader to retire after 30 years". Democrat and Chronicle. 
  7. ^ Buckham (February 16, 2005). "Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers". Buffalo News: p. B12. 

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