Marguerite Ross Barnett

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Marguerite Ross Barnett
Marguerite Ross Barnett.jpg
8th President of the
University of Houston
In office
Preceded by Richard L. Van Horn
Succeeded by James H. Pickering
Personal details
Born May 21, 1942
Charlottesville, Virginia
Died February 26, 1992(1992-02-26) (aged 49)
Wailuku, Hawaii
Spouse(s) Stephen A. Barnett (divorced)
Walter Eugene King (1980-1992)
Children Amy Barnett
Alma mater Antioch College
University of Chicago
Profession Professor

Marguerite Ross Barnett (May 21, 1942 – February 26, 1992) was the eighth president of the University of Houston and a former chancellor of the University of Missouri–St. Louis. Barnett was the first black woman to lead a major American university.[1]

Barnett was born in Charlottesville, Virginia. She grew up in Buffalo, New York, and graduated from Bennett High School in 1959.[2] After graduating from Antioch College in 1964, she earned a master of science and doctoral degrees in political science from the University of Chicago. Barnett then taught at the University of Chicago Princeton University, Howard University and Columbia University.

She was vice-chancellor for academic affairs at the City University of New York from 1983 to 1986, and chancellor of the University of Missouri-St. Louis, from 1986 to 1990.


  1. ^ Depalma, Anthony (1992-02-27). "Marguerite Ross Barnett, 49, Dies; Was Head of Houston University". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  2. ^ Retrieved 2009-08-03
Academic offices
Preceded by
Richard L. Van Horn
President of the University of Houston
Succeeded by
James H. Pickering
Preceded by
Arnold Grobman
Chancellor of the
University of Missouri–St. Louis

Succeeded by
Blanche Touhill