September 07, 2017

James W. Hall Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who's Who
-- Dr. Hall has been endorsed by Marquis Who's Who as a leader in University Administration --

    SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, September 07, 2017 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name James W. Hall a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Hall celebrates many years' experience in his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes he has accrued in his field.

Dr. Hall is chancellor emeritus of Antioch University and president emeritus of the State University of New York, Empire State College. As founding President of Empire State College, a statewide and highly experimental institution, he served as president from 1971 to 1997. He served for many years as a professor, dean, and higher education administrator with academic specialties in music history and American history. From 2010 to 2016, Dr. Hall worked with the Presidents Forum to craft the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), which helped to protect academic quality and portability for distance-learning students.

In 1937, Dr. Hall was born in Chester, Pennsylvania to James William and Margaret Hall. Completing a MusB in 1959 at Bucknell University, Dr. Hall completed further graduate studies as a Danforth Graduate Fellow. He earned a Master of Sacred Music from Union Theological Seminary, as well as an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania. His first teaching position was at Cedar Crest College where he taught both musical subjects and interdisciplinary courses in the fine arts.

His administrative career began in 1966 in System Administration for the State University of New York. In 1970, he was appointed assistant vice chancellor of policy and planning. While serving as president of Empire Stare College, he also served as a vice chancellor for educational technology and as interim president for SUNY Old Westbury. In 1998, Dr. Hall accepted the position of chancellor at Antioch University, where he remained until 2002.

In his retirement, he has served as an independent educational consultant from 2002 to 2016, and worked with the Commission on Quality Assurance and Alternative Higher Education. Among his books, Dr. Hall has authored texts on the subject of education, including In Opposition to Core Curriculum: Alternative Models for Undergraduate Education with Barbara Kevles (1982) and Access Through Innovation: New Colleges for New Students (1981). He was also the editor of the American Problem Series: Forging the American Character (1971) in the American Problem Studies.

Dr. Hall holds honorary doctoral degrees from the Thomas Edison State College of New Jersey, University Systems of New Hampshire, the DePaul University of Chicago, and of course, SUNY, presented in 2006. He has served as a trustee of Monmouth University, the Fielding Institute, and the U.S. Open University. In the '90s, Dr. Hall served as a member of the board at Saratoga Hospital, on the National Commission on Cooperative Education, and the board of overseers for the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at SUNY. Dr. Hall is affiliated with the Society for Values in Higher Education, the American Association for Higher Education, the Association of American Colleges, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning. He is a distinguished alumnus of Bucknell University.

For a lifetime dedicated to the administration of higher learning, Dr. Hall was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in American Education, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the World, and the 1986 to 1987 volume of Who's Who in the South and Southwest. Dr. Hall enjoys tennis, music, golf, and writing.

As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process. In recognition of outstanding contributions to his profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Hall has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

Since 1899, when A. N. Marquis printed the First Edition of Who's Who in America , Marquis Who's Who has chronicled the lives of the most accomplished individuals and innovators from every significant field of endeavor, including politics, business, medicine, law, education, art, religion and entertainment. Today, Who's Who in America remains an essential biographical source for thousands of researchers, journalists, librarians and executive search firms around the world. Marquis publications may be visited at the official Marquis Who's Who website at

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