Walter M. Bortz III

Walter Michael Bortz III is a former educator and higher education administrator. He served as the president of Hampden–Sydney College, located in Hampden Sydney, Virginia, from July 2000 until June 30, 2009.[1]

Walter Bortz
23rd President of
Hampden–Sydney College
In office
Preceded bySamuel V. Wilson
Succeeded byChristopher B. Howard
Personal details
Spouse(s)Lorraine Bortz
ChildrenCatherine Bortz
Walter M. Bortz IV
ResidenceSouth Carolina
Alma materB.S., Bethany College
Ed.D., George Washington University


Education and degreesEdit

Bortz received his bachelor's degree in biology at Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia. He earned his doctorate in policy studies at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.[1]


Bortz held administrative positions at Bethany College, Texas Christian University, and East Carolina University.[2] In 1985, he became the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at the University of Hartford in West Hartford, Connecticut. He was also Acting Vice President for Student Services and Executive Director of Admissions and Student Financial Assistance at Hartford.[1] In 1989, he became the Vice President for Administrative and Information Services at George Washington University. In July 2000, Bortz was named President of Hampden–Sydney College. At Hampden–Sydney he spearheaded a significant building program that included the new Everett Stadium and the Bortz Library, which was named in his honor. He retired as President on June 30, 2009.

After his retirement, Dr. Bortz and his wife moved to South Carolina. They have two adult children.[1]

Honors and legacyEdit

Bethany College awarded him an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.[3]

On May 10, 2009 at the college's commencement ceremony, Tom Allen, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Hampden–Sydney College, announced that the college library would be named the Walter M. Bortz III Library in honor of Dr. Bortz.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Profile of Walter Michael Bortz III at the Hampden–Sydney College website
  2. ^ Essay and Profile at
  3. ^ 9-11: Three Years Later: Biographies at the Hampden–Sydney College website
  4. ^ Naming of H-SC Library Honors Retiring President, The Southside Messenger, 19 June 2009.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Samuel V. Wilson
President of Hampden–Sydney College
Succeeded by
Christopher B. Howard