Robert E. Glennen

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Robert E. Glennen
13th President of Emporia State University
In office
July 1, 1984 – July 31, 1997
Preceded byJohn E. Visser
Succeeded byKay Schallenkamp
10th President of
Western New Mexico University
In office
Preceded byJohn Snedeker
Succeeded byMervyn Cadwallader
Personal details
Robert Eugene Glennen Jr.

(1933-03-31)March 31, 1933
Omaha, Nebraska
DiedDecember 1, 2015(2015-12-01) (aged 82)
Las Vegas, Nevada
SpouseMary O'Brien
Alma materUniversity of Portland (B.A; M.S)
University of Notre Dame (PhD)

Robert Eugene Glennen Jr. (March 31, 1933 – December 1, 2015) was an American education administrator, most recently serving as Emporia State University's thirteenth president in Emporia, Kansas. Before president of Emporia State, Glennen also served as the tenth president at Western New Mexico University, various administrative jobs at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the University of Notre Dame.[1][2]


Glennen received his bachelor of arts and master's degree from the University of Portland,[3] and his doctorate from the University of Notre Dame in 1962.[4]


1960s and 70s[edit]

After graduating from Notre Dame in 1962, Glennen was the associate dean at Notre Dame for 10 years.[5] After that, he became the UNLV vice-president and dean of the university's college. At both Notre Dame and UNLV, Glennen's job was to create new programs for undecided freshman students.[5]


In 1980 after being at UNLV for eight years, Glennen moved to Silver City, New Mexico to become the tenth president of Western New Mexico University. He served as the president from 1980 to 1984.[6] In 1984, Glennen became Emporia State University's next president.

Emporia State University[edit]

When Glennen arrived at Emporia State in July 1984, many issues were happening involving budget cuts, an enrollment decline, and even the possibility of closing the institution.[1] One of his most successful events during his administration was the establishment of the National Teachers Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization that honors exceptional school teachers throughout the United States.[7] On July 31, 1997, he retired as president and took a year off before returning as a faculty member in The Teachers College in the division of counselor education and rehabilitation programs in 1998 for one year.[8] He officially retired from teaching after the 1998–99 school year.


  1. ^ a b "Robert E. Glennen (1985-1997) - About - Emporia State University".
  2. ^ "Former WNMU President Glennen dies at 82". Silver City Sun-News. 1 December 2015.
  3. ^ University of Portland alumni, page 8
  4. ^ ENR/PAZ // University Communications // University of Notre Dame. "Notable Alumni".
  5. ^ a b "UNLV Libraries Digital Collections: Rebel Yell, 1972-09-06".
  6. ^ "New president of WNMU takes the reins". Archived from the original on 2015-04-22.
  7. ^ "About the National Teachers Hall of Fame". Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. ^ Glennen Retires after 13 years as ESU President