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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In Daemen, I took ESL classes to improve my English. I worked at Canavan Desk and made a lot of friends over there. I participated in a Business dinner with my professors. I was invited to join a family party by my professors. During the weekends, I often take the school shuttle to the shopping mall. These experiences helped me to ease into the American-style of study, life, and business.

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