R. Barry Levis Chosen as Hamilton Holt Commencement Speaker

Retiring Professor of History R. Barry Levis will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Hamilton Holt School Commencement.

Retiring Professor of History R. Barry Levis will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Hamilton Holt School Commencement, Saturday, May 11 at 10 a.m. at the Harold and Ted Alfond Sports Center.

Levis joined the faculty of the Rollins history department in 1968.  Committed to interdisciplinary teaching, Levis taught the humanities foundation course before later developing the humanities major and the introduction to the liberal arts course in the Hamilton Holt School. He helped to create Holt’s master of liberal studies program, serving as its first director, and edited the Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies, for more than a decade. He has been a tireless leader in campus governance, serving twice as president of the faculty, director of the honors degree program, chair of the department of history, and chair of the academic affairs committee.  

Levis has written numerous articles and book reviews on church history, including Edward Bouverie Pusey and the Oxford Movement, and is currently working on a study of ecclesiastical politics in the reign of Queen Anne.

Throughout his career at Rollins, Levis has received numerous awards and honors, including a Cornell Distinguished Faculty Award (2005-06), and recognition as an Arthur Vining Davis Fellow (1986-87).

He earned his undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University.