Harold Leroy Enarson

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Harold Leroy Enarson (May 24, 1919 in Villisca, Iowa – July 28, 2006 in Washington)[1] was the 9th President of The Ohio State University . Prior to joining Ohio State, he served as the first President of Cleveland State University, from 1966 to 1972.[2]

After leaving the university, Enarson commented that he would be remembered most for his firing of popular Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes after Hayes punched an opposing player in the throat, though events such as Archie Griffin's two Heisman Trophies or graduate Paul Flory's Nobel Prize were highpoints. Ohio State President Karen Holbrook said of Enarson, "Today, Ohio State’s programs are stronger and its reputation more eminent, thanks to Harold Enarson."[3]

Preceded by
Novice Gail Fawcett
Ohio State University President
September 1, 1972 – August 31, 1981
Succeeded by
Edward Harrington Jennings

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Harold Enarson, 87, Who Fired Woody Hayes at Ohio State, Dies
  2. ^ "CSU Through the Years". The Plain Dealer. 2005-02-27. p. 10 (Sunday magazine). 
  3. ^ Carmen, Barbara (1 August 2006). "Harold Enarson; Former Ohio State president right fit in 'time of change'; Leader from 1972-81 died on Friday in Washington state". Columbus Dispatch. p. 5D. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011.