C. Peter Magrath

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Claude Peter Magrath (pronounced məˈgrath) is a higher education administrator who has served as provost or president at multiple American universities. He was born on April 23, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York and received political science degrees as an undergraduate at the University of New Hampshire and as a Ph.D. at Cornell University.

He began his teaching and administrative career at Brown University during 1961-68 and later served as interim president at the University of Nebraska (where he was provost and held other positions, 1968–72).

His first full-time university presidency was at the Binghamton University, 1972-74. He was the eleventh president of the University of Minnesota, serving from 1974 to 1984. From 1985 to 1991 he was president of the University of Missouri System. From 1992 to 2005 he was president of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges. Beginning in 2006, he served as senior advisor to the College Board. On July 8, 2008 was named interim president of West Virginia University.

On January 2, 2010 while vacationing in New Zealand, his wife Deborah Howell, a Washington Post newspaper editor, died after being hit by a car.

On May 20, 2010, State University of New York (SUNY) Chancellor Nancy Zimpher nominated Magrath to return as interim president to Binghamton University (previously known as SUNY Binghamton). He assumed the office on July 1 after confirmation by the SUNY Board of Trustees.[1]


External links[edit]

  • The Journal of the C. Peter Magrath Center in Sibiu, Romania- East-West Cultural Passage: [1]
  • University of Minnesota Office of the President: [2]
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bruce Dearing
President of Binghamton University
Succeeded by
Clifford D. Clark
Preceded by
Malcolm Moos
President of the University of Minnesota
Succeeded by
Kenneth H. Keller
Preceded by
James C. Olson
President of the University of Missouri System
Succeeded by
George A. Russell
Preceded by
Michael Garrison
President of West Virginia University
Succeeded by
James P. Clements (elect)
Preceded by
Lois B. DeFleur
President of Binghamton University
Succeeded by
Harvey G. Stenger, Jr.