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Robert E Glennen

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Preceded by  John E. Visser
Spouse(s)  Mary O'Brien
Succeeded by  Mervyn Cadwallader

Preceded by  John Snedeker
Succeeded by  Kay Schallenkamp
Name  Robert Glennen
Robert E. Glennen
Full Name  Robert Eugene Glennen, Jr.
Born  March 31, 1933 Billings, Montana (1933-03-31)
Alma mater  University of Portland (B.A; M.S) University of Notre Dame (Phd)
Died  December 1, 2015, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Education  University of Portland, University of Notre Dame

Robert Eugene Glennen, Jr. (March 31, 1933 – December 1, 2015) was an American education administrator, most recently serving as Emporia State University's thirteenth president in Emporia, Kansas. Before president of Emporia State, Glennen also served as the tenth president at Western New Mexico University, various administrative jobs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Notre Dame.



Glennen received his bachelor of arts and master's degree from the University of Portland, and his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1962.

1960s and 70s

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1962, Glennen was the associate dean at Notre Dame for 10 years. After that, he became the UNLV vice-president and dean of the university's college. At both Notre Dame and UNLV, Glennen's job was to create new programs for undecided freshman students.


In 1980 after being at UNLV for eight years, Glennen moved to Silver City, New Mexico to become the tenth president of Western New Mexico University. He served as the president from 1980 to 1984. In 1984, Glennen became Emporia State University's next president.

Emporia State University

When Glennen arrived at Emporia State in July 1984, many issues were happening involving budget cuts, an enrollment decline, and even the possibility of closing the institution. One of his most successful events during his administration was the establishment of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers throughout the United States. On July 31, 1997, he retired as president and took a year off before returning as a faculty member in The Teachers College in the division of counselor education and rehabilitation programs in 1998 for one year. He officially retired from teaching after the 1998–99 school year.


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