Timothy Dwight IV (May 14, 1752 – January 11, 1817) who was an American academic, educator, and author. Dwight graduated from Yale in 1769 (when he was only 17 years old). He was the eighth president of Yale College (1795–1817). As president of Yale, Timothy Dwight was not only that college’s most influential leader but also one of the young nation’s most important educators. During Dwight’s twenty-one years at Yale, he found able and inspiring teachers, launched the teaching of science and medicine, planned the creation of schools of law and theology, and gave the faculty and president a central role in running the school.