About President Henberg

Marvin Henberg became the 12th president of The College of Idaho in July 2009. He is a Wyoming native and son of an immigrant father and first generation American mother.

Though his father had opportunity for only a grade-school education in his native Sweden and supported the family as a timber worker and railway fireman, education was prized in the Henberg home. Dr. Henberg earned a full scholarship to Washington and Lee University. Thanks to faculty mentors who inspired hard work and high aims, he won a Rhodes Scholarship, Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and Danforth Fellowship – each opening further doors for his education.

Before coming to the C of I, Henberg was the interim president and chair and professor of the philosophy department at Linfield College, a liberal arts college in McMinnville, Ore. During his 15 years at Linfield, Henberg also served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.

Before Linfield, Henberg was at the University of Idaho in Moscow for 18 years and served as professor of philosophy, director of the University Honors Program and chair of the philosophy department.

Henberg and his wife, Laurie Henberg, have been married 33 years and enjoy whitewater rafting, skiing (both cross-country and downhill) and hiking. He has run six marathons.

Henberg has received many grants, awards and recognitions during his career. His experience at Washington and Lee taught him the value of a liberal arts education. He is also the recipient of numerous teaching awards.

“Whatever successes I have had in my teaching, I attribute them to my enthusiasm for making ideas come alive for students in the way my W&L mentors made them come alive for me,” he says.

Education

Ph.D. Philosophy, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, 1976

B.A. & M.A. (Honours), Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE), Oxford University (Magdalen College), England, 1973 & 1983

B.A. (Summa Cum Laude), English Literature and Philosophy, Washington and Lee University (W & L), Lexington, Virginia, 1970

Employment

President, The College of Idaho, 2009-present

Department Chair and Professor of Philosophy, Linfield College, 2006-2009

Interim President, Linfield College, 2005-2006

Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Linfield College, 1994-2005

Director, Environmental Studies Program, Linfield College, 1996-2002; 2006-present

Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Idaho (UI), 1988-1994

Director, University Honors Program, UI, 1982-1993

Professor of Philosophy, Linfield College, 1994-present; UI, 1986-1994

Visitor, Faculty of Law, University of Southampton, England, 1987-88

Visiting Associate Professor of Philosophy, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, spring 1981

Associate Professor of Philosophy, UI, 1980-86

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, UI, 1976-80

Teaching Assistant, Department of English, University of Texas, Austin, 1974-76

Warehouse Foreman, Sinaiko Brothers, Inc., Madison, Wisconsin, 1973-74

Honors and Awards

Idaho Humanities Council Outstanding Achievement Award, 1992

UI Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1988 & 1986

Phi Kappa Phi Distinguished Faculty Award, 1987

UI Panhellenic/Interfraternity Council Outstanding Faculty Award, 1986

UI Associated Students Outstanding Faculty Award, 1986

Named One of 100 Distinguished Alumni, University of Texas Alumni Association in Celebrating the University’s Centennial, 1983

Johnson Trust Exhibition (excellence in PPE), Magdalen College, 1972

Rhodes Scholarship, 1971

Danforth Fellowship, 1970

Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, 1970

Algernon Sydney Sullivan Medallion (outstanding W & L senior), 1970

Phi Beta Kappa, 1970

Student Body President (W & L), 1969-70

Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership), 1969

Alfred Mahan Prize (creative writing), 1970, 1969, 1968 & 1967

Publications

“Price and Dignity: Thoughts on Value in Public Versus Private Education,” The American Oxonian (Spring 1998), pp. 178-183

“Pancultural Wilderness,” Wild Ideas, David Rothenberg, ed., Minnesota University Press (1995), pp. 59-70

“Wilderness, Myth, and American Character,” The Key Reporter (Spring, 1994), pp. 7-11 (reprinted in The George Wright Forum, 1996; The Great New Wilderness Debate, 2001; and Purpose, Pattern and Process, 2008).

Daniel Zirker and Marvin Henberg, “Democracy, Ecology, and Brazilian Military Prerogatives in the 1990’s,” Armed Forces and Society (Winter 1994), pp. 259-281

“Justice, Leisure, and Imagination,” The Benefits of Leisure, B.L. Driver, P. Brown, and G. Anderson, eds., Venture Publ. (1991), pp. 451-460

“The Play’s a Sometime Thing: Reflections on the 1987-88 London Stage,” The American Oxonian (Winter 1989), pp. 24-29

“Idaho,” The Americana Annual, An Encyclopedia of the Events of 1987, p. 267; same title for the Americana Annual, 1986 (pp.261-62), 1985 (pp.  259-60), 1984 (pp. 260-61), 1983 (p. 258)

“Letting Sleeping Truths Lie,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (June 1986), pp. 281-296

“Taming the Beast: Moral Views of the Criminal Law,” review essay for the Duke Law Journal (June-Sept. 1985), pp. 843-48

“Swords into Plowshares: Liberty, Security, and the Environment,” The Restraint of Liberty, vol. VII of Bowling Green Studies in Applied Philosophy (1985), pp. 118-29

“Wilderness as Playground,” Environmental Ethics (Fall 1984), pp. 251-63

“A Moral View of Recreation,” Idaho Wildlife (July 1980), pp. 9-27; reprinted in The River Runner, 1981; Idaho Humanities Forum, 1981, and Kansas Wildlife, 1982

“A Dynamic Interpretation of Marxian Social Typology, “ Ethics (Jan. 1980), pp. 257-266

“George Eliot’s Moral Realism,” Philosophy and Literature (Spring 1979), pp. 20-38

“Impartiality,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (Dec. 1978), pp. 715-724

“Nozick and Rawls on Historical Versus End-State Distribution,” Southwestern Journal of Philosophy (Dec. 1977), pp. 77-84

Books

Inspired Pragmatism: An Illustrated History of Linfield College, Carpe Diem Books (2007), 188 pp.

Marvin Henberg and Kathryn P. George, eds., Readings in the Development of Moral Thought, 2nd ed., Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (1992), 228 pp.

Retribution: Evil for Evil in Ethics, Law and Literature, Temple University Press (1990), 288 pp.

Francis Seaman and Marvin Henberg, eds., Readings in the Development of Moral Thought, Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company (1986), 197 pp.

Scholarly Presentations

Over 50 conference papers, invited addresses, and convocation or commencement addresses

Grants

Principal Author, “Linfield Classroom Upgrade Project,” Collins Foundation, $200,000, 2004

Contributing Author, “Bolstering Asian Studies,” Freeman Foundation, $200,000, 2002

Contributing Author, “Linfield Campus Expansion Project,” Ford Family Foundation, $2.5 million, 2000

Contributing Author, “Linfield Campus Expansion Project,” W.M. Keck Foundation, $5 million, 2000

Principal Author, “Linfield Inquiry Learning Project,” Hewlett Foundation, $100,000, 1995-96

Master Teacher, Wittenberger Foundation—Idaho Department of Education, two week summer course on critical thinking for high school teachers and students, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990

Earhart Foundation Research Grant, $3,000, 1987

Principal Investigator, “Scholar-in-Residence Grant,” Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, $47,000, 1987

Steering Committee Member and Part Author, “The Idaho Core Curriculum Project,” National Endowment for the Humanities, $250,000, 1983-86

National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship for College Teachers, $22,500, 1981

Principal Investigator, “Our Responsibility for Nature,” Idaho Humanities Council, $8,787, 1979

Higher Education Activities

James A. and Louise McClure Center for Public Policy Research, Advisory Board, 2011-present

National Council for Science and the Environment, University Affiliate Member, 1998-2005

Institute for Educational Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Class of 1995

Rhodes Scholarship Trust

  •   State of Oregon Secretary, 1995-2005
  •   District VIII Selection Committee, 1979-85; 1996-98
  •   District XVI Selection Committee, 2005-2007
  •   State of Idaho Secretary, 1977-85

Northwest Association of Colleges and Universities

  • Evaluation Committee Member, Pacific Lutheran University, 1997
  • Evaluation Committee Member, University of Puget Sound, 1998 
  • Evaluation Committee Member, Seattle University, 1999
  • Eligibility Standards Review Task Force, 1999-2000
  • Evaluation Committee Chairperson, Sierra Nevada College, 2002 
  • Fifth-Year Interim Evaluator, Whitman College, 2002 
  • Fifth-Year Interim Evaluator, Carroll College, 2003
  • Fifth-Year Interim Evaluator, University of Great Falls, 2004 
  • Evaluation Committee Chairperson, Seattle Art Institute, 2005
  • Five Year Interim Review Chairperson, Gonzaga University, 2009 
  • Evaluation Committee Chairperson, University of Portland, 2011

Phi Beta Kappa Society

  • Western Regional Lecturer, 1993-96

Community Service

Caldwell Kiwanis Club, 2009-present

McMinnville Kiwanis Club

  • Outstanding Kiwanian of the Year, 2003
  • Charity Auction Committee Chair, 1999-2002 
  • Membership Committee Chair, 1998-99
  • President, 1997-98 
  • Member, 1994-2009

Idaho Humanities Council

  • Chair, 1983-84
  • Executive Committee, 1981-84
  • Board Member, 1980-84
  • Editorial Board, 1978-80

Community Associates for Summer Theatre (CAST)

  • Founding Member, 1991
  • Member, 1991-94

Daily News/Idahonian (Moscow, ID; Pullman, WA)

  • Community Board of Directors, 1991-93

Amnesty International, USA, Group #145

  • Coordinator, 1984-87
  • Member, 1979-94