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Thomas Edward Cronin (born March 18, 1940) is a political scientist. He was president of Whitman College from 1993 to 2005. He is the "McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership" at Colorado College. Cronin's field of study is the 'expanding power of the American presidency in the 20th century'.
Cronin held an associate professorship at the University of North Carolina from 1967 to 1970. From 1979 to 1993, he held an endowed chair at Colorado College. He was a member of the faculty and in 1991, was the acting president of the college. He took a visiting professorship at Princeton University in 1985 and 1986. In 2005, Cronin returned to Colorado College to teach and to write. (According to one of his anecdotes, Colorado College called Dr. Cronin for guidance on who to hire as his replacement; instead of providing them with recommendations, he informed the college that he would like to return as the "McHugh Professor of American Institutions and Leadership" at Colorado College).
Students refer to Cronin as the "boss" because of his ideological fervor, home-town sensibilities and his service to teaching.
Cronin assisted in raising funds for the acquisition of the Baca campus by Colorado College.