Paul Marienthal

Paul Marienthal is the dean for social action and director of the Trustee Leader Scholar Program.

Dr. Paul Marienthal arrived at Bard in 1997. He directs the College’s Trustee Leader Scholar Program (TLS), encouraging students to act as hands-on social entrepreneurs inventing new approaches and creating sustainable solutions to initiate change. Paul provides leadership training, retreats, and grant-writing and reflection workshops. These social action programs provide tools for students interested in creating and developing self-initiated projects with a mission to bring theory to practice. With over 400 students participating annually, Paul fosters an environment wherein students realize their potential to make a difference, while promoting institutional principles linking liberal education and democracy. 

Paul earned his B.A. from Stanford University in 1971, his M.A. from Antioch University in 1986, and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1991. Paul teaches classes in the fundamentals of interpersonal communication at a medium-security New York State prison. Founder of Bard’s Community Garden, Paul also oversees a community garden with the Bard Prison Initiative at Woodbourne.

He is the author of a short essay in Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport (Blaustein, A., 2011).