Donald Harward served as President of Bates College from 1989 through June 2002, when he was appointed President Emeritus. Before taking office at Bates, Harward served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at the College of Wooster, Ohio; preceding his tenure there, he taught and served in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Delaware, and subsequently designed and led the University Honors program.
He holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Maryland. He is currently a senior advisor for the ACE Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow with AAC&U. He serves as a consultant for the Center for Liberal Education and Civic Engagement, a joint project of AAC&U and Campus Compact. President Harward also serves on a variety of foundation and educational boards.