Sanford J. Ungar came to Goucher as an insightful historian and one of the world's premier journalists. A visionary, he imagined a world of new possibilities for the college. He brought bold new additions to Goucher's historic campus: Welsh Hall, a much-needed residence hall, and the Athenaeum[hyperlink], Goucher's flagship building. He also oversaw the renovation of the former Julia Rogers library into a state-of-the-art academic center.
A champion of free-flowing discourse, President Ungar invited to campus a wide range of artists, activists, writers, scholars, and political leaders, giving Goucher students the opportunity to ask big questions of important people. Committed to social justice and civic involvement, he encouraged further growth of Goucher's partnerships in the local community, greater diversity within Goucher's student body, and improved access to a Goucher education for first-generation Maryland college students. A firm believer that success in the 21st century requires an international outlook, in 2006 he made Goucher the first college in the country to require that every student study abroad.
President Ungar's commitment to intellectual inquiry, free speech, and a global perspective evolved from a distinguished career in journalism and academia. He reported from Paris for United Press International wire service and from Nairobi for Newsweek. He was the Washington editor of The Atlantic, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine, a staff writer for The Washington Post, and an award-winning National Public Radio host. He later went on to become the director of Voice of America and dean of the School of Communication at American University.
The Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum was named in his honor in April 2014.