Vagt, Robert Fredrick

Fredrick Vagt Robert

Vagt, Robert Fredrick

(b. 1947) Robert Fredrick (Bobby) Vagt began his post as Davidson’s 16th president on July 1, 1997. A Davidson College graduate of the class of 1969, Vagt also graduated from Duke Divinity School and was ordained by Concord Presbytery. He served as director of clinical programs in the Northwest Alabama Mental Health Center before becoming executive director of the Municipal Assistance Corporation for New York City from 1979-80, helping the city avoid bankruptcy. Prior to accepting the presidency of Davidson College, Vagt served as chairman, president and chief operating officer for Seagull Energy Corporation, an international oil and gas exploration and production company based in Houston, Texas.

Vagt has extremely close ties to the Davidson College community. His wife, Ruth Anne, is a graduate of Queens College in Charlotte and his daughters, Ashley and Lindsay, are, respectively, 1995 and 2001 graduates of Davidson College. Vagt completed various renovations on campus and concluded the Let Learning Be Cherished Campaign, while at Davidson, raising $272 million for the Endowment. President Vagt announced his retirement on June 8, 2006, and left his post on August 1, 2007.

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Author: Molly P. Gillespie & Mark Grotjohn
Date: 1998 & 29 June 2006

Cite as: Gillespie, Molly P. and Mark Grotjohn. “Robert Fredrick Vagt” Davidson Encyclopedia, 29 June 2006

Related Entries: President’s HousePresidents of Davidson College

Related Links: Vagt’s Presidential Portrait

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