Alvin C. Eurich
Alvin Christian Eurich
|Acting President of|
|Preceded by||Donald Tresidder|
|Succeeded by||Wallace Sterling|
|First President of the|
State University of New York
|Succeeded by||Charles Garside (Acting)|
|Born||June 14, 1902|
Bay City, Michigan
|Died||May 27, 1987|
New York, New York
Alvin Christian Eurich (June 14, 1902 – May 27, 1987) was a 20th-century American educator who is most notable for having served as the first president of the State University of New York from 1949–1951.
Early life and education
Eurich was born in Bay City, Michigan and pursued degrees in Psychology at North Central College and the University of Maine. He supported himself by working as a speech instructor while in Maine. He earned a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 1929, where he worked as a professor and assistant dean of the College of Education from 1927 to 1936.
In 1937 he left for Northwestern University and a year after that, he left for Stanford University. During World War II, he served in the Navy, returning to take a Vice Presidency at Stanford University. He helped organize the Stanford Research Institute and served as its chairman. He was named acting President of Stanford in 1948 after his predecessor's sudden death, shortly before assuming the Presidency of SUNY.
From 1958 to 1964, Eurich served as Executive Director of the Ford Foundation's Educational Division and in 1961 he co-founded the Academy for Educational Development and served as its chairman for many years. He also served as President of the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies from 1963 to 1972.
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- The State University of New York (1985), Sixty-four campuses: the State University of New York to 1985 (1 ed.), Albany, New York: Office of University Affairs and Development, OCLC 12556911
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- "Stanford Acting President Will Be Executive of Trustees Directing Institutions—Sterling Will Succeed Dr. Tresidder at Palo Alto", The New York Times, p. 15, November 20, 1948
- "Nell Eurich". National Women's Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 2, 2018.
| President of Stanford University (Acting)
|New office|| President of the State University of New York
January 1, 1949 – August 31, 1951
Charles Garside (Acting)