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Welcome from the President

Welcome from the President


A Future Full of Hope

Welcome to Chestnut Hill College! 

Founded by the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1924, Chestnut Hill College (CHC) is an institution steeped in tradition yet ever-changing and innovating to meet the needs of today’s students. Committed to active service in pursuit of social justice, creative thinking, and responsible action toward a more unified global society and sustainable Earth, the College offers a transformative, holistic education grounded in experiential learning and focusing on the creation of meaningful solutions to real-world problems. 


At the heart of Chestnut Hill College is a culture of inclusion that promotes equity and celebrates the diversity of our community. This commitment was born out of the mission and ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Today, this tradition permeates every aspect of the CHC experience, from academics to athletics to student groups and beyond. As the College’s 7th president, I am privileged to be part of a community in which every member strives to exemplify our core values and live in service to our Dear Neighbors.  

With the division and challenges facing our world, a liberal arts education has never been more invaluable or more necessary to the health and well-being of our collective future. The ability to communicate clearly, compassionately, and effectively, find creative solutions to complex problems, collaborate, find compromise, and to lead and build consensus – hallmarks of liberal arts – are thoughtfully integrated into every aspect of the CHC academic experience.

Our interdisciplinary Academic Center Model ensures that students not only receive training and gain expertise in their chosen fields of study, but they also gain skills necessary for success in their future careers and in their daily lives as well. 

Chestnut Hill College is truly a special place, offering the benefits of being part of a close-knit College family in a beautiful, garden-district setting while being located just minutes away from the vibrant urban Center City of Philadelphia, one of the largest and most historically vital cities in the United States, with access to a wide array of cultural and professional opportunities. 

It is this powerful interplay of the living mission and legacy of the Sisters of Saint Joseph combined with a leading-edge liberal arts education set within the vibrancy of Philadelphia that sets the Chestnut Hill College experience apart. I invite you to explore our website, engage on our social media channels, and visit us on campus to experience Chestnut Hill College for yourself.  

Take good care.  

With warmest regards, 

William W. Latimer, Ph.D., M.P.H. 

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