Gregory Baker Wolfe

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Gregory Baker Wolfe (January 27, 1922 – December 12, 2015) was a United States diplomat during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and later President of two urban institutions of higher education, Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, and Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida.

Born in Los Angeles, California,[1][2] Wolfe served in World War II, and was thereafter an intelligence analyst for the U.S. State Department.[3]

Wolfe was president of Florida International University from 1979[4] until his resignation in 1986,[5] during which time he oversaw significant growth as the university progressed from being an exclusively upper-division school (having no freshman or sophomores) to becoming a four-year college granting post-graduate degrees. The Florida State Legislature recognized Wolfe's contributions to the growth and emergence of FIU by naming the Gregory Baker Wolfe University Center, located on FIU's Biscayne Bay Campus, in his honor.

Wolfe died in Coral Gables, Florida.[6]


  1. ^ The Blue Book, (January 1, 1973), p. 1546.
  2. ^ Wolfe, Gregory B. "California, Birth Index, 1905-199". Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  3. ^ Florida International University Office of the President - Past Presidents.
  4. ^ "New Man At The Helm". Miami News. March 6, 1979. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  5. ^ "Resignations". Gainesville Sun. December 6, 1988. Retrieved 27 May 2010. 
  6. ^ "Gregory Wolfe, former FIU president, dies at 93". Sun Sentinel. 15 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
Preceded by
Branford P. Millar
President of Portland State University
1968 to 1974
Succeeded by
Joseph C. Blumel
Preceded by
Harold Crosby
President of Florida International University
1979 - 1986
Succeeded by
Modesto Maidique