Robert W. PeariGen

The University of the South celebrates the election of Robert W. Pearigen, C’76, as Sewanee’s 18th vice-chancellor and president. Pearigen returns to Sewanee from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as president for 13 years. Before leaving Sewanee for Millsaps in 2010, he held several executive positions at the University, including dean of students and vice president for university relations. Explore this site to learn more about Vice-Chancellor-elect Pearigen and his deep connections to Sewanee.

Highlights from the Day

Dr. Robert W. Pearigen is introduced as Sewanee's 18th vice-chancellor and president. Watch his acceptance remarks and browse photos of this celebratory day.


Robert W. Pearigen, C’76, shares his thoughts on returning to the Mountain, Sewanee’s future, defining characteristics of the Sewanee experience, and higher education’s enduring role in society.

Read the Announcement

Robert W. Pearigen, C’76, the president of Millsaps College known for his commitment to academic excellence, community partnerships and diversity, and a highly regarded former leader at the University of the South has been named the university’s 18th vice-chancellor and president.

Read Comments from Rob Pearigen’s Colleagues and the VC Search Committee

Vice-Chancellor-elect Pearigen has spent his life in higher education, as a professor, as a dean, as a fundraiser, and for the last 13 years as the president of Millsaps College. His colleagues—and search committee members—share their thoughts about why Sewanee is fortunate to have him on the Mountain.

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