George Washington

    The revolutionary spirit that George Washington embodied continues to inspire the college named in his honor. As stated in the College mission's Core Values section, "We share these values of our founding patron, George Washington: integrity, determination, curiosity, civility, leadership, and moral courage." His Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior is referenced in murals on campus and videos from alumni to graduating seniors.

    The George Washington Connection

    Adam Goodheart, Director of the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience, offers a brief history of George Washington's involvement in the founding of Washington College.

    Learning from Legacy

    George Washington inherited slaves from his father at the age of 11. While he wrestled with his desire to end the institution of slavery, he bought more enslaved people throughout his life. Washington made the decision to free all of his slaves in his 1799 will, signaling that he did not have the power to overcome the inertia of slave culture in his own lifetime.

    The colonial heritage of Washington College brings with it a legacy of social injustice that, as an institution, we stand firm in addressing. Beyond empowering students to become citizen-leaders who exemplify Washington’s virtues, our community of faculty, staff, and alumni is passionate about modeling a culture of diversity and inclusion. We believe in empowering all members of our community to cultivate a vibrant life experience in accord with universal human equity. Taking our position in the context of personal and environmental resilience, we leverage our strength as an institution to revitalize the world.



    Facts about George

    George Washington was an avid gardener, and an early proponent of composting. He had a dog named Sweetlips, a name that lives on in one of campus chickens.

    His favorite dessert was the paw paw, which students forage for with our Food Initiative.