Biography of President Olson

President Gary A. Olson

President Olson is a noted scholar of rhetoric, writing, and culture. Before assuming the presidency of Daemen College, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Idaho State University, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Illinois State University, and chief academic officer at the University of South Florida in St. Petersburg.

President Olson writes a popular monthly column on higher education administration for the Chronicle of Higher Education, the premier national publication covering post-secondary education both nationally and internationally.

He is the author or editor (often in collaboration) of 20 books and over 100 essays and articles and has written on a number of subjects central to rhetoric studies, including the role of theory in rhetorical scholarship, the connections between ideology and discourse, and the contributions of Stanley Fish. His most recent book is A Creature of Our Own Making: Reflections on Contemporary Academic Life, published by the State University of New York Press in 2013.

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You can visit President Olson's homepage at http://www.garyaolson.com/.

President Olson with Mayor Byron Brown and Vice President Mike BroganPresident Olson with Mayor Byron Brown and Vice President Mike Brogan

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David was an international student from Caracas, Venezuela. He majored in International Business and had an internship at Liberty Pumps, which actually turned into a job.  David has applied his knowledge and skills at national and international trips with the company.  “The internship is the main reason I got the job,” David states. “I had an opportunity to get to know the company and become familiar with what they do. I am very glad I was afforded the chance to join this company through the internship.”

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