Michael Shinagel

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Michael Shinagel
5th Dean of Continuing Education and University Extension
In office
1977 (1977) – 2013 (2013)
Preceded by Reginald H. Phelps
Succeeded by Huntington D. Lambert
Personal details
Alma mater Oberlin College
Profession College administrator, Academic
Website MichaelShinagel.com

Michael Shinagel was the dean of the Division of Continuing Education and University Extension at Harvard University, and the longest serving dean in Harvard's history.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was a child in Vienna, Austria and his family had to escape Europe after the rise of Adolf Hitler and the start of World War II.[2] As a refugee, he attended school in New York City and briefly attended Cornell University in 1951 and 1952, studying agriculture.[2] He served with the US Army in Korea, and then completed his degree at Oberlin College on the G.I. Bill of Rights.[2] He earned his doctorate at Harvard University on a national fellowship.[2]


After completing is doctorate in 1964, he began an academic career of teaching and administration at Cornell University from 1964 to 1967.[2] He then moved on to Union College from 1967 to 1975.[2]

Shinagel was the fifth dean of the Extension School, having been appointed in 1977 and serving until 2013.[2] Prior to being named dean, he was the Director of Continuing Education and University Extension from 1975 to 1977.[3] He was also formerly Master of Quincy House.[4]


He is the author of a history of the Harvard Extension School, The Gates Unbarred,[3] and a memoir, Holocaust Survivor to Harvard Dean: Memoirs of a Refugee's Progress.[2]


  1. ^ Jennifer Doody (May 20, 2013). "Shinagel's legacy honored". Harvard Gazette. Retrieved 2013-07-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Shinagel 2016.
  3. ^ a b Shinagel 2010.
  4. ^ Wells, Charles J. (November 5, 2008). "A Harvard Extension". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2014-12-22. 

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