William J. McGill

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William James McGill
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16th President of Columbia University
In office
1970–1980
Preceded by Andrew W. Cordier
Succeeded by Michael I. Sovern
3rd Chancellor of University of California, San Diego
In office
1968–1970
Preceded by John Semple Galbraith
Succeeded by Herbert York
Personal details
Born (1922-02-27)27 February 1922
New York City, New York, USA
Died 19 October 1997(1997-10-19) (aged 75)
La Jolla, California, USA
Alma mater Fordham University
Harvard University
Profession Psychologist

William James McGill (27 February 1922 – 19 October 1997) was an American psychologist, author and academic administrator. He was the 16th president of Columbia University and the 3rd chancellor of the University of California, San Diego.

Biography[edit]

McGill was born in New York City to a musician and labor organizer. He attended parochial Catholic schools and in 1939 began his college education at Fordham University, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in psychology. In 1953 he was awarded a doctorate in experimental psychology from Harvard University.

McGill was an assistant professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1956 and then joined Columbia. He was chairman of the psychology department from 1961 to 1963 and left in 1965 to help found a psychology department at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). In 1968 he accepted the job of chancellor at UCSD, after the first five offered the position turned it down.

In 1970 he left California to become the president of Columbia University from 1970 to 1980.

References[edit]

  • Knubel, Fred (24 October 1997). "Ex-President Wm. McGill Dead at 75". Columbia University Record 23 (7). Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  • "William James McGill." Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, Volume 5: 1997-1999. Charles Scribner's Sons, 2002.
  • "William James McGill." Contemporary Authors Online, Gale, 2007.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Andrew W. Cordier
President of Columbia University
1970 – 1980
Succeeded by
Michael I. Sovern