A political scientist specializing in urban politics, Dale Rogers Marshall was appointed as Wheaton's sixth president in 1992. Since then, she has led an economic and academic expansion of Wheaton, which has resulted in growing recognition of the college's status as a leading liberal arts college. While serving as Wheaton's president, Marshall has remained active as a scholar and a faculty member, regularly teaching courses on urban politics.
She is the co-author of Protest is Not Enough: The Struggle of Blacks and Hispanics for Equality in Urban Politics (UC Press, 1984). The study won two prestigious American Political Science Association prizes for the best book on American Policy and the best book on ethnic relations. Her latest publication is a co-edited book, Racial Politics in American Cities (Longman, 1990; 3rd ed., 2002). She has also authored and edited numerous books and articles in her field of concentration, urban politics. She also authored "Revolution and Evolution: Strategies for Change" in The Presidency, Fall 1999, (pp 38-40), American Council on Education magazine.
She chaired the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts. She was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 1987. In 1996 she was elected to the board of directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. She currently chairs the American Council on Education's Leadership Commission, serves on the board of the New England Zenith Fund of the New England Mutual Life Insurance Company, is a member of the American Student Assistance Guarantor Board, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a member of the Cornell University Board of Trustees from 1983 to 1993 and served as vice president of the American Political Science Association and president of the Western Political Science Association. Marshall received her BA in government from Cornell University in 1959 with high honors in government and distinction in all subjects.