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David E. Maxwell, American academic executive, educator. Fulbright fellow, 1970-1971, Brown University, 1966-1967, National Defense Education Act Title IV, 1967-1970; recipient Lillian Leibner award Tufts University, 1970; citation Graduate School Arts and Sciences, Brown University, 1991.


Maxwell, David E. was born on December 2, 1944 in New York City. Son of James Kendrick and Gertrude Sarah (Bernstein) Maxwell.


Bachelor, Grinnell College, 1966. Master of Arts, Brown University, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy, Brown University, 1974.


Instructor Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts, 1971-1974, assistant professor, 1974-1978, associate professor Russian language and literature, 1978-1989, dean undergraduate studies, 1981-1989. President Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1989-1993. Director National Foreign Language Center, Washington, 1993-1999.

President Drake University, Des Moines, since 1999. Chairman steering committee Cooperative Russian Language Program, Leningrad, Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics, 1981-1986, chairman 1986-1990. Consultant Council International Educational Exchange, 1974-1994, board directors, 1988-1992, 93-94, vice chair, 1991-1992, consultant International Research Exchs., 1976-1983.

Member advisory board Israeli Language Policy Institute.


  • In 1991, the Brown University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences gave him the Distinguished Alumnus Citation. While at Tufts, Dr. Maxwell received the Lillian Leibner Award for distinguished teaching and advising.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles to scholarly journals.


Community board directors Wells Fargo. Board directors Iowa Wellness Council. Board directors Greater Des Moines Partnership.

President Des Moines Higher Education Collaborative, 2000^. Board directors Downtown Cmty Alliance, Des Moines. Member Modern Language Association, American Council Education (commission on international education, president's council on international education), Association American Colleges, American Association Higher Education, Brown University Alumni Association (executive committee), Business Higher Education Forum (board trustees, council economic development), Phi Beta Kappa.


  • Other Interests

    Tennis, running, music.


Children: Justin Kendrick, Stephen Edward.

James Kendrick Maxwell

Gertrude Sarah (Bernstein) Maxwell

Justin Kendrick Maxwell

Stephen Edward Maxwell