Penn State Intercom......November
By Gary W. Cramer
In 2002, at least seven Penn State alumni or former University faculty members or administrators became the top official of a college or university elsewhere in the world of higher education. Their names are part of a growing list of presidents and chancellors across the country with blue and white running in their veins. At least 32 other living and nine deceased individuals connected to Penn State are known to have the honor of such positions now or in the past.
"One of Penn State's less-well known contributions to higher education is the connection between an affiliation with Penn State and subsequent success as a president or chancellor of a college or university," said David H. Monk, dean of the College of Education. "For more than 30 years, Penn State has prepared leaders for higher education in its higher education graduate program. The scope and complexity of Penn State as a university provides a wealth of opportunity for those interested in the leadership of higher education."
A by-no-means complete list of current and former academic leaders from among the Penn State ranks includes:
president of Lake Superior State University, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.,
from 1992 until his retirement in 2002. He earned his master's and doctoral
degrees in history from Penn State in 1966 and 1972, respectively; joined
the Penn State New Kensington campus faculty in 1968; and was campus executive
officer at New Kensington from 1975 to 1992.
president of Wilson College in Chambersburg from 1981 to 1991 and of the
Moore College of Art & Design in Philadelphia from 1991 to 1993. She
earned her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in speech communication
from Penn State between 1965 and 1970.
president of Bemidji State University in Minnesota from 1994 to 2001 and
president of Dunwoody Academy in Minneapolis from 1989 to 1994. He earned
his D.Ed. in education from Penn State in 1967.
of Kent State University in Ohio since 1991 and the first female president
of a state university in Ohio. She joined the Penn State College of Education
faculty in 1967 and served as dean for undergraduate programs and vice
provost between 1984 and 1988.
chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, beginning in July
2002. She chaired the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn
State from 1989 to 1992 and left the faculty in 1993 to become chief scientist
president of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1996 and
president of Fairmont State College in West Virginia from 1988 to 1996.
He earned his master of science degree in geography from Penn State in
president of Iowa State University in Ames since 2001. He joined the faculty
of Penn State's Department of Chemistry in 1974 and was dean of the Eberly
College of Science from 1989 to 1997.
president of Pennsylvania College of Technology since 1998. She earned
her master's and doctoral degrees in health education from Penn State
in 1981 and 1993, respectively, and joined the college's faculty in 1977,
when it was known as the Williamsport Area Community College.
president of Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River
Falls, Minn. He earned his master's degree in agriculture from Penn State
president of Defiance College in Ohio from 1994 until earlier this year
and now president of Widener University in Chester. He served as associate
director of corporate and foundation relations and financial aid coordinator
for Penn State from 1983 to 1988 and earned his D.Ed. in education from
the University in 1988.
president of Western State College in Gunnison, Colo., starting this year.
He earned his doctorate in exercise and sport science from Penn State
of Hastings College in Nebraska from 1995 to 2000. He earned his bachelor's
degree from the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State in 1965.
president of the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign from 1979
to 1995 and president of the American Council on Education from 1996 to
2001. Now back on the faculty at UI, he joined Penn State in 1969 as a
professor and associate director in the Center for the Study of Higher
Education, became senior vice president for University Development and
Relations in 1971 and senior vice president for administration in 1978.
president of the University of Maine at Machias since 2000 and campus
executive officer at the Albert A. Robin Campus of Roosevelt University
in Schaumburg, Ill., from 1997 to 2000. He earned his bachelor's degree
in broadcasting, master's degree in speech and doctorate in curriculum
and instruction from Penn State between 1965 and 1978, and spent 25 years
working for the University in a wide variety of posts, mainly at Penn
president of Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti since 2000 and president
of the University of Texas at San Antonio from 1990 to 1999. He earned
his master's and doctoral degrees in political science from Penn State
in 1966 and 1968, respectively.
president of the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., the nation's
largest Catholic college for women, since 1999. She earned her M.Ed and
doctorate in educational administration from Penn State in 1975 and 1980,
respectively, and held several positions in teacher education while at
of the University of Nevada, Reno, since 2001. He was campus executive
officer of Penn State Erie from 1980 to 2001, during which time enrollment
more than doubled and nearly $65 million was raised for endowments and
president of the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus starting
in July. She was campus executive officer for Penn State DuBois from 1998
until earlier this year.
president of Tulane University in New Orleans from 1960 to 1975. He earned
his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in agricultural biochemistry
from Penn State between 1929 and 1936.
president of Santa Barbara City College in California for 22 years, until
he left the post earlier this year. He earned his D.Ed. in education from
Penn State in 1969.
chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill since 2000
and chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1996 to 2000.
He was dean of Penn State's College of Arts and Architecture and executive
director of University Arts Services from 1986 to 1992.
N. Moore Jr.,
president of Virginia State University, Petersburg, since 1993. He earned
his bachelor's degree in accounting from Penn State in 1968.
president of Indiana State University in Terre Haute from 1992 to 2000
and president of California State University, Stanislaus, from 1985 to
1992. He worked with Penn State's Office of Student Affairs and for the
dean's office in the College of Education in the 1960s, and earned his
D.Ed. in education from the University in 1970.
president of the University of Hawaii/chancellor of University of Hawaii-Manoa
from 1993 to 2001 and president of Western Washington University in Bellingham
from 1988 to 1993. He was a faculty member and administrator for Penn
State from 1969 to 1988, including time as vice president, vice provost
and director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education.
president of Montgomery College in Maryland since 1999. At Penn State,
she earned her bachelor's degree in psychology in 1972 and her master's
degree in higher education in 1973.
chancellor of the University System of Georgia's 34 public colleges and
universities from 1994 to 2001 and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin
Centers from 1986 to 1991. He earned his master's and doctoral degrees
in English from Penn State in 1975 and 1982, respectively.
M. Reap, president
of Marywood University in Scranton. She earned her doctorate in curriculum
and instruction from Penn State in 1979.
president of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from 1990 to 1995.
He came to Penn State in 1984 and was executive vice president and provost
at the time of his departure.
chancellor of the University of Minnesota, Crookston, since 1985. He earned
his doctorate in agriculture education from Penn State in 1970.
former president of Edison Community College in Piqua, Ohio. He earned
his master's degree in education from Penn State in 1952.
vice chancellor (the highest post) of the University of Botswana, in the
African nation's town of Gaborone. She earned her doctorate in education
from Penn State in 1994.
president of Hawaii Loa College (now merged with Hawaii Pacific University)
from 1990 to 1992 and chancellor of the University of Denver from 1984
to 1989. He earned his doctorate in chemistry from Penn State in 1957.
president of Washington State University in Pullman from 1985 to 2000.
Between 1969 and 1985, he worked his way from the faculty ranks to dean
in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences and director of the Cooperative
Extension Service and Agricultural Experiment Station.
of Penn State since 1995 and chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
from 1991 to 1995. He previously served Penn State from 1973 to 1982 as
a faculty member and in three administrative positions in what is now
the College of Health and Human Development.
of Northwest Technical College, an institution with five campuses in Minnesota.
He earned his D.Ed. in education from Penn State in 1995.
chancellor of the University of California, Merced, which is under development
as the UC system's 10th campus, starting this fall. She earned her bachelor's
degree in arts and letters from Penn State in 1964.
of the Cambria County Area Community College in Johnstown starting this
year. She earned her D.Ed. in counselor education from Penn State in 1987.
president of Plymouth State College in New Hampshire since 1993. He earned
his master's degree in English from Penn State in 1970.
of Valdosta State University in Georgia starting this year. He earned
his D.Ed. in art education from Penn State in 1973.
Furthermore, at least nine academicians who now are deceased went on to hold the top positions at other colleges or universities after their time with Penn State.
D. "Ted" Eddy,
who died in 1998, retired as president of the University of Rhode Island
in 1991 after serving as Penn State's provost from 1977 to 1983.
who earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in the liberal
arts from Penn State between 1926 and 1931, was president of the University
of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, from 1955 to 1971.
died in 1992, was the first female chancellor in the University of California
system, at the Riverside campus, from 1987 to 1992, after more than 20
years on the biochemistry faculty and in various administrative posts
at Penn State.
who died in 1981, was president of the University of Illinois from 1946
to 1953, and held a bachelor's degree in education from Penn State from
died in 2001, was president of Ithaca College in New York for 22 years,
and held master's and doctoral degrees in the liberal arts from Penn State
from 1952 and 1955, respectively.
historic Penn State presidents who went to other institutions are William
H. Allen (Penn
State 1864-1866/Girard College in Philadelphia 1866-1882); John
1866-1868/University of Kansas 1868-1874); John
1921-1925/Rutgers University 1925-1930); and Milton
(Penn State 1950-1956/Johns Hopkins University 1956-1967).
Gary W. Cramer can be reached at email@example.com. The Alumni Association contributed to the compilation of this list.