Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
George Franklin Seymour 1860–1861
Thomas Richey 1861–1863
Robert Brinckerhoff Fairbairn 1863–1898
Lawrence T. Cole 1899–1903
Thomas R. Harris 1904–1907
William Cunningham Rodgers 1909–1919
Bernard Iddings Bell 1919–1933
Donald George Tewksbury 1933–1937
Harold Mestre 1938–1939
Charles Harold Gray 1940–1946
Edward C. Fuller 1946–1950
James Herbert Case Jr. 1950–1960
Reamer Kline 1960–1974
Leon Botstein 1975–
*Holders of the office have been variously titled president, warden, or dean.