Mark Chamberlain (educator)

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Mark M. Chamberlain (1931–2014) was an American educator and the fourth president of Glassboro State College (now known as Rowan University) from 1969 to 1984.[1][2]


Chamberlain was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Pittsburgh's South Hills High School in 1949, he received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and subsequently attended the University of Illinois where he earned a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in inorganic chemistry.[3]

Chamberlain taught chemistry at Western Reserve University, now Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, Ohio for 13 years, also serving as assistant chair of the chemistry department and vice provost for student services. He was appointed as the fourth president of Glassboro State College in 1968 after being selected by the students and faculty of the college. Previous presidents at Glassboro had been appointed by the sitting New Jersey governor.[1][3] During his tenure as president, Glassboro transitioned from a small teachers college in Southern New Jersey to a multipurpose institution, creating three new academic divisions and expanding the school's enrollment from 3,500 to 8,800 students by 1984. After leaving the college presidency, Chamberlain taught as a chemistry professor until his retirement in 2000.[1]

Chamberlain died on March 29, 2014, at age 82.[1][4]

Rowan University's student center, completed in 1974, was renamed named in honour of Chamberlain in 2006.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Forand, Rebecca. "Former Rowan University President Dr Mark Chamberlain Dies", South Jersey Times, 31 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  2. ^ Note: Glassboro was renamed to "Rowan College of New Jersey" in 1992, and became Rowan University in 1997.
  3. ^ a b Rowan University, Office of the President: Dr. Mark M. Chamberlain, 1969-1984 Archived 2014-04-07 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
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  5. ^ Rowan University, Chamberlain Student Center Overview - History Archived 2014-04-07 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 1 April 2014.