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RG-2.0.11: The Papers of the Office of the President of Gettysburg College: Charles E. Glassick (1977-1988)

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Charles Etzweiler Glassick was unanimously elected Gettysburg College's eleventh president on April 15, 1977.  Born in Wrightsville, Pennsylvania on April 6, 1931 to Melva Etzweiler and Gordon Joseph Glassick, he graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1953 with a Chemistry major and Mathematics minor.  Four years later, he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Princeton University.

Glassick began his career as a research chemist for Rohm and Haas Company in Philadelphia in 1957and also served as an instructor of chemistry at Temple University. From 1962 to 1968, he was a professor of chemistry at Adrian College in Michigan.  He served as Vice President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan from 1968 to 1969.  From 1969 to 1972, he was Dean for Academic Affairs at Albion College in Michigan.  It was from the position of Vice President and Provost of the University of Richmond in Virginia that he was appointed the President of Gettysburg College.  Assuming his duties on August 1, 1977, President Glassick was inaugurated as the Eleventh President of Gettysburg College on April 15, 1978.



Convinced that careful planning and periodic examination of institutional goals and objectives would make Gettysburg College stronger and more competitive, Glassick adopted a series of policies aimed at improving the overall quality of the academic program.  To accomplish this, he proposed stricter guidelines for granting faculty tenure, offered released time and financial assistance for faculty who wanted to pursue advanced study or improve their teaching skills, and was the first college president to ask the Dean of the College to preside over the faculty meetings so he could more fully participate in the discussions.  Glassick launched an intensive facilities improvement program through new construction and renovations.  During his term, endowment funds increased dramatically; the Civil War Institute was introduced; the literary journal, The Gettysburg Review, was launched; and African-American Studies, Peace Studies and Women's Studies courses were added to the curriculum.  In 1986, President Glassick was named among the top 100 most effective college presidents in the United States.  President Glassick resigned his post in 1988 to take the position of Senior Fellow and Vice President for Administration of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Princeton, New Jersey.

Scope and Content Notes:

The records of the Office of the President (Glassick) comprise approximately 10 cubic feet of material and are arranged into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Subject Files, and III. Publications.   Series II is divided into: A. Buildings and Grounds, B. Greek Life, C. Lutheran Church, and D. Personal Papers.   This Record Group covers 1977 to 1988, with some documents and correspondence from previous presidents (Carl Arnold Hanson, 1961-1977, and General W.S. Paul, 1955-1961.  Documents from the end of Glassick's tenure also may be found in RG-008, The Papers of the Office of the President of Gettysburg College: Glassick, Anderson, Haaland (closed).  News Releases, photographs, and College Publications were removed and added to their pertinent files within the Archives.  Correspondence files are arranged alphabetically then chronologically.  Other files are arranged chromatically.

Series Description:

Series I:  Correspondence.  Series I includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, speeches, contracts, drafts, lists, resumes, reports, and miscellaneous documents.  Included are both general alphabetical correspondence and name specific correspondence files.  The majority of the name specific correspondence files include honorary degree recipients, trustees, alumni, and students.  Among them are prominent college figures, e.g., John A. Apple, Paul H. Rhoads, and national figures, e.g., Isaac Asimov, Joyce Brothers. 

Series II:  Subject files.  Series II includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings, speeches, contracts, drafts, lists, floor plans, organizational charts, presentations, minutes, legal documents, regulations, guidelines, brochures, statistics, surveys, petitions, proposals, agendas, maps, statements, resumes, reports, appointment books, and miscellaneous documents.  Due to the number of files relating to Building and Grounds, Greek Life, the Lutheran Church, and Personal Papers, these files are arranged into sub-series.  The bulk of Series II includes various subjects relating to the operation of the Office of the President. 

Sub-series A:  Buildings & Grounds: materials relating to the massive building and renovation projects that evolved during Glassick's years. 

Sub-series B:  Greek Life: materials relating to the studies of campus social life in 1979 and later in 1988. 

Sub-series C:  Lutheran Church: materials relating to relations between the Lutheran Church and Gettysburg College.  

Sub-series D:  Personal Papers: materials relating directly to President Glassick. 

Series III:  Publications.  Series III includes the publications and notes on the publications of president Glassick

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