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.
- July 1970-July 1974 Charles E. Bishop
- August 1974-June 1975 John W. Dorsey (Acting)
- June 1975-June 1982 Robert L. Gluckstern
- July 1982-October 1982 William E. Kirwan (Acting)
- November 1982-July 1988 John B. Slaughter
Name Changed to President, July 1988
- July 1988-January 1989 William E. Kirwan (Acting)
- February 1, 1989-June 30, 1998 William E. Kirwan
- July 1, 1998-August 31, 1998 Gregory L. Geoffroy (Acting)
- September 1, 1998- Clayton D. Mote, Jr.
Education of University Chancellors
Charles E. Bishop
- 1946--B.S. in agricultural education, Berea College, Berea KY
- 1948--M.S. in agricultural economics, University of Kentucky
- 1952--Ph.D. in economics, University of Chicago
John W. Dorsey
- 1958--B.S. in economics, University of Maryland, College Park
- attended London School of Economics
- 1964--Ph.D. in economics, Harvard University
Robert L. Gluckstern
- 1944--B.S. in electrical engineering, City College of New York
- 1948--Ph.D. in physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
John B. Slaughter
- 1956--B.S. in electrical engineering, Kansas State University
- 1961--M.S. in engineering, University of California, Los Angeles
- 1971--Ph.D. in engineering sciences, University of California, San Diego
William E. Kirwan
- 1960--B.A. in mathematics, University of Kentucky
- 1962--M.S. in mathematics, Rutgers University
- 1964--Ph.D. in mathematics, Rutgers University
Gregory L. Geoffroy
- 1968--B.S. in chemistry, University of Louisville
- 1974--Ph.D. in chemistry, California Institute of Technology
Clayton D. Mote, Jr.
- 1959--B.S. mechanical engineering, University of California, Berkeley
- 1960--M.S. mechanical engineering, University of Calfornia, Berkeley
- 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.