William P. Gerberding

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William Passavant Gerberding
27th President of the
University of Washington
In office
1979–1995
Chancellor of the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
In office
1978–1979
Personal details
Born (1929-09-09)September 9, 1929
Died December 27, 2014(2014-12-27) (aged 85)
Irvine, California, USA
Alma mater Macalester College
University of Chicago
Profession University administrator, professor

William Passavant Gerberding (September 9, 1929 – December 27, 2014) was an American educator. He served as president of the University of Washington, and as Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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Gerberding was born in Fargo, North Dakota.[1] He received his BA from Macalester College in 1951, and went on to earn an MA in 1956 and a Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Chicago.

Gerberding was a professor at Colgate University, and at UCLA, where he was chairman of the political science department. He served as vice president of academic affairs at Occidental College in 1972.[2] He was chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and executive vice-chancellor at UCLA.

Gerberding served as the 27th president of the University of Washington in Seattle between 1979 and 1995. His 16 years of service is the longest term of any president in the history of the university. He died at the age of 85 on December 27, 2014.[3]

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