Franklin Smallwood '51

  • Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, Emeritus

  • Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, Emeritus

Smallwood graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Government in 1951 and acquired his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1958. Smallwood returned to Dartmouth College in 1957 to work in the office of President John Sloan Dickey ’29 before becoming a professor of Government and Associate Dean of Faculty for Social Sciences and later on, Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs. Due to his extensive involvement in the Social Sciences department at Dartmouth, he was selected as the first director of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Social Sciences in 1983.  He is well known for introducing the first national TV debate by several Democratic presidential candidates in the1984 New Hampshire primary election to the Dartmouth campus. He retired from his position as director in 1986 and continued to teach Government until his early retirement in 1992. He relocated to Burlington, Vermont and taught graduate school at the University of Vermont.