James Zumberge

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James Herbert Zumberge (December 27, 1923 – April 15, 1992) was a professor of geology and president of Grand Valley State University from 1962 to 1969, of Southern Methodist University from 1975 to 1980, and of the University of Southern California from 1980 to 1991.

Biography[edit]

Early life and education[edit]

James Herbert Zumberge was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1923. He earned a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota in 1950.[1]

Career[edit]

Zumberge taught for several years at the University of Michigan and later was the director of the earth sciences school at the University of Arizona.[1] He led several expeditions in Antarctica and was chief glaciologist for the U.S. Ross Ice Shelf project in Antarctica.[2] Cape Zumberge and the Zumberge Coast bear his name.[3]

He served as the first President of Grand Valley State University from 1962 to 1969,[4] the seventh president of Southern Methodist University from 1975 to 1980,[5] and the ninth president of University of Southern California from 1980 to 1991.[6]

While President of USC, Zumberge instituted a revenue-center management system, where individual schools and units were responsible for their own revenue and expenses.

Death and legacy[edit]

Zumberge died at age 68 in Pasadena, California, as the result of a brain tumor.[3]

The Zumberge Library and Zumberge Pond at Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus are named for him,[7] as well as Zumberge Hall of Sciences, one of the natural science buildings at USC.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Collection of records related to Southern Methodist University president James Zumberge". Texas Archival Resources Online. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Gordon, Larry (February 8, 1990). "Zumberge, USC President for a Decade, to Step Down". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "James H. Zumberge, 68, Explorer And Former President of U.S.C.". New York Times. April 17, 1992. Retrieved 2007-12-03. 
  4. ^ "Former GVSU Presidents". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES". Southern Methodist University. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "History". The University of Southern California. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Digital Collections". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 12 March 2010. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
(none)
President of Grand Valley State University
1962-1969
Succeeded by
Arend D. Lubbers
Preceded by
Paul Hardin
President of Southern Methodist University
1977-1980
Succeeded by
L. Donald Shields
Preceded by
John R. Hubbard
9th President of the University of Southern California
1980-1991
Succeeded by
Steven B. Sample