Samuel A. Kirkpatrick

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Samuel A. Kirkpatrick was president of the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and Eastern Michigan University (EMU).

Early life[edit]

Kirkpatrick earned a bachelor's degree in education from Shippensburg University and a masters and Ph.D. in political science from Pennsylvania State University.[1] From 1970 until 1990, Kirkpatrick was a faculty member at various universities, eventually serving as head of the Political Science Department at Texas A&M University, and then Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.[2]

President of the University of Texas at San Antonio[edit]

Kirkpatrick served as the fourth president of UTSA, from 1990 through 1999. Under his leadership, UTSA underwent a major expansion in enrollment, faculty, building projects, and degree programs.[1]

President of Eastern Michigan University[edit]

In 2001, Kirkpatrick was hired as the president of Eastern Michigan University.[3] He immediately pushed for the construction of a new president's house, arguing that a larger space was needed to host fundraisers and other official events.[4] Kirkpatrick resigned from EMU in 2004, under pressure after a state investigation into the $6 million construction cost of University House, the new residence he had sought.[5]


  1. ^ a b UTSA Presidents, University of Texas at San Antonio, retrieved 2012-07-13 
  2. ^ Partners: Samuel A. Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Strategic Initiatives Inc., retrieved 2012-07-13 
  3. ^ Presidents of EMU, Eastern Michigan University, retrieved 2012-07-13 
  4. ^ Pepple, Steve (2007-07-16), "Fallon firing just latest chapter in EMU turmoil", Ann Arbor News, retrieved 2012-07-13 
  5. ^ Eastern Michigan president warned about booze, 2012-07-11, retrieved 2012-07-13, Martin's two predecessors left EMU under pressure. John Fallon left in 2007 after the university tried to cover up a rape-homicide in a dorm and Samuel Kirkpatrick quit in 2004 after spending $6 million refurbishing the president's house.