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Office of the Chancellor records

 Collection 0002-UA

The Office of the Chancellor was created in 1970 in the course of the reorganization of the University of Maryland system. The Chancellor was the highest-ranking administrator for the College Park campus until the expansion of the University of Maryland in 1988, at which time the office was renamed Office of the President. The records consist of the administrative files of the Chancellor and include reports, financial and budget records, committee and task force files, publications, and working papers.


  • 1967-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1972-1978

Use and Access to Collection

This collection contains restricted material, please check the series and folder listings for additional information.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


97.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The records consist of the administrative files of the Chancellor and include reports, financial and budget records, committee and task force files, publications, and working papers. Among the topics covered are: College Park campus academic and administrative organization, athletic programs, human relations, UMCP/Vietnam War years, student affairs, faculty affairs, budget and budget process, computers and computer applications, UMCP/State of Maryland relations, UMCP/United States government relations.

Administrative History

The Office of the Chancellor was created in 1970 as a result of the reorganization of every campus of the University of Maryland system. Charles E. Bishop was the first Chancellor, serving from 1970 to 1974. John W. Dorsey was appointed Acting Chancellor and served from August 1974 to June 1975, when Robert L. Gluckstern became the second Chancellor of the College Park campus. He resigned from the position in June of 1982 and William English Kirwan was appointed acting chancellor. John B. Slaughter served as the final Chancellor of the University of Maryland, College Park campus, from 1982 to 1988. Upon the expansion of the University of Maryland in 1988, the office was renamed the Office of the President.


  1. July 1970-July 1974 Charles E. Bishop
  2. August 1974-June 1975 John W. Dorsey (Acting)
  3. June 1975-June 1982 Robert L. Gluckstern
  4. July 1982-October 1982 William E. Kirwan (Acting)
  5. November 1982-July 1988 John B. Slaughter

Name Changed to President, July 1988


  1. July 1988-January 1989 William E. Kirwan (Acting)
  2. February 1, 1989-June 30, 1998 William E. Kirwan
  3. July 1, 1998-August 31, 1998 Gregory L. Geoffroy (Acting)
  4. September 1, 1998- Clayton D. Mote, Jr.

Education of University Chancellors

Charles E. Bishop

  1. 1946--B.S. in agricultural education, Berea College, Berea KY
  2. 1948--M.S. in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky
  3. 1952--Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago

John W. Dorsey

  1. 1958--B.S. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park
  2. attended London School of Economics
  3. 1964--Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University

Robert L. Gluckstern

  1. 1944--B.S. in electrical engineering, City College of New York
  2. 1948--Ph.D. in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

John B. Slaughter

  1. 1956--B.S. in electrical engineering, Kansas State University
  2. 1961--M.S. in engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
  3. 1971--Ph.D. in engineering sciences, University of California, San Diego

William E. Kirwan

  1. 1960--B.A. in mathematics, University of Kentucky
  2. 1962--M.S. in mathematics, Rutgers University
  3. 1964--Ph.D. in mathematics, Rutgers University

Gregory L. Geoffroy

  1. 1968--B.S. in chemistry, University of Louisville
  2. 1974--Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology

Clayton D. Mote, Jr.

  1. 1959--B.S. mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  2. 1960--M.S. mechanical engineering, University of Calfornia, Berkeley
  3. 1963--Ph.D. engineering mechanics, University of California, Berkeley

Chancellors/Presidents of the University of Maryland/College Park, Campus

Charles E. Bishop (1921-2012), July 1970-July 1974. Regarded as one of the leading educational authorities in the field of agricultural economics, Bishop spent twenty years as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. Before coming to campus, he was the vice president of the University of North Carolina for four years. He also participated in numerous assignments for the federal government and nationally based agricultural and educational organizations. During his tenure on campus, he oversaw a major academic reorganization He left in 1974 to become the president of the University of Arkansas.

John W. Dorsey (b. 1936), Acting, August 1974-June 1975. From August 1974 to June 1975, Dorsey was the acting chancellor. A native Marylander, he attended the University of Maryland, graduating with a B.S. in 1958. He continued his graduate education at the London School of Economics and Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in economics in 1964. He began teaching at College Park in 1963 and, in 1966, became the director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. From 1970 to 1977, Dorsey was the vice chancellor for administrative affairs, after which he became the chancellor of the University of Maryland Baltmore County.

Robert L. Gluckstern (1924-2008), June 1975-June 1982. Prior to being named chancellor in 1975, Gluckstern was the vice chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of Massachusetts, Amhert, where he had been a professor since 1964. In his seven-year tenure as chancellor at the University of Maryland, Gluckstern worked to upgrade the academic quality of the campus by raising entrance standards. He also established scholarship programs that served as models elsewhere in the state, including the Banneker minority scholarship. He resigned in 1982 because of a strong desire to return to full-time teaching and research as a physicist.

William E. Kirwan (b. 1938), Acting, July-October 1982. See biography below.

John B. Slaughter (b. 1934), November 1982-July 1988. Slaughter, a native of Kansas, came to the University of Maryland in November 1982. The recipient of three degrees in engineering, he was the director of the National Science Foundation prior to becoming chancellor. During his tenure on campus, Slaughter made major advances in the recruitment and retention of African-American students and faculty. He also acted to stabilize the university during the upheaval generated by the sudden death of basketball star Len Bias in 1986. Slaughter resigned in 1988 to become president of Occidental College in Los Angeles.

William E. Kirwan (b. 1938), Acting President, July 1988-January 1989. President February 1, 1989-July 1, 1998. After the title change from chancellor to president, William E. Kirwan assumed the role of acting president in July 1988. In February of 1989, he was officially named president and remained in that position until July 1998, when he took over the same position at Ohio State University. Kirwan became an assistant professor in the mathematics department on campus in 1964, later serving as chair of the department from 1977 until 1981. He then moved into the administration as the vice chancellor of academic affairs and in 1986 as provost. While president, he focused on diversity as well as campus improvements in academics and physical facilities. In 2002, Kirwan returned to Maryland to become the third chancellor of the University System of Maryland.


The collection is oganized as nine series:

Series 1
Office of the Chancellor
Series 2
Vice Chancellors
Series 3
UMCP Offices and Non-academic Departments
Series 4
UMCP Academic Departments
Series 5
Subject Files
Series 6
University of Maryland/Central Administration
Series 7
Board of Regents
Series 8
General Files
Series 9

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The papers of the University of Maryland, College Park campus Office of the Chancellor were deposited in the University of Maryland Libraries Archives and Manuscripts Department in 1978, 1981, and 1982.

Related Material

Large unprocessed portions of the Records of the Chancellor's Office exist. Preliminary inventories are available upon request in the Maryland Room, Hornbake Library. Files from unprocessed collections must be screened by University of Maryland staff before researchers can consult them.

University Publications issued by the Chancellor's Office are filed under UPUB C15. Major individual titles are listed in the University of Maryland Libraries online catalog.

Materials concerning the Chancellor's Office may also be found in other University record groups, including the Board of Regents (processed and unprocessed portions) and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor.

Separated Material

There were numerous University of Maryland, College Park publications and Maryland State documents accompanying the Chancellor's files. These copies were sorted out of the collection and are now part of the University Publications collection and the Maryland State Documents collection.

Guide to the Office of the Chancellor records
Processed by C. B. B.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742