President’s Biography

David Horner, PhD, assumed the presidency of The American College of Greece on July 1, 2008. Between 2008 and the present – an overall time of Greek economic contraction – ACG has grown quantitatively and qualitatively, and the College’s social impact has been enhanced significantly:

  • 27% increase in total enrollment (4,086 – 5,207)
  • 563% increase in graduate student enrollment (101 – 670) in 20 graduate degree programs
  • Middle 50% entering undergraduate GPA: 2.4 – 2.9 to 3.2 – 3.8 (4.0 scale)
  • Developed comprehensive “in-bound” study abroad program, currently serving over 600 students annually from nearly 200 U.S. and international colleges and universities
  • Developed comprehensive “out-bound” study abroad (e.g., Cornell University, Emory University, Stanford University), internship, apprenticeship, work-study, program, currently serving over 400 students
  • Expanded Parallel Study (with Greek public universities), now serving over 600 students annually, including Stavros Niarchos Foundation Scholars
  • Grew Executive Education (Alba) and Continuing Education (Deree) programs, now serving over 2,000 participants annually
  • Initiated ACG Institute of Public Health (sponsored by the Behrakis Foundation), educating 6,000 Greek elementary students annually on dangers of tobacco consumption
  • Initiated Deree Sports Academy, serving over 1,300 (ages 4 – 17) annually
  • With National Hellenic Society, launched “Heritage Greece”: a campus-based immersion experience for approximately 70 Greek American university students annually
  • Enhanced faculty credentials and scholarly engagement: Pierce full-time faculty advanced degree % (39% – 65%); higher education full-time/associate faculty terminal degree % (52% – 79%); Pierce, Deree, Alba annual scholarship produced (872)
  • 500% increase in ACG financial aid to address needs, especially in Greek economic crisis
  • 600% increase in annual fundraising
  • College facilities improvements: 45,600 sq. ft. added; 203,300 sq. ft. renovated
  • ACG endowment/reserves increase: $175M to $205M (1.10 €/$)

The College is committed to building on this momentum through the execution of an ambitious strategic plan: ACG 150 | Advancing the Legacy, Growing Greece, A plan to leverage education and re-invigorate the Greek economy, which will guide the institution’s operations until 2025, its 150th anniversary.

Previously, Dr. Horner served as president of North Park University (Chicago) from 1987-2004 and Barrington College, his undergraduate alma mater, from 1979-1985. At the time of his Barrington appointment, he was the youngest (age 29) college or university president in the U.S. During his North Park presidency, enrollment tripled, numerous undergraduate and graduate programs were initiated, several major capital projects were completed, and the endowment grew six-fold.

President Horner received a bachelor’s degree (philosophy), summa cum laude, from Barrington College, a MA (philosophy) from the University of Rhode Island, and a MBA and a PhD in higher education administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

He is married to S. Sue Horner, BA (Barrington College), MLS (San Jose State University), MTS (Harvard University), PhD (Northwestern University). Together they have two grown children, Marc and Shanna, and four grandchildren.


Presidential Speeches


Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report
2015 Annual Report
2014 Annual Report


Commencement 2016