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Robert M. Gavin, Jr., presidential papers


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Robert M. Gavin, Jr., was appointed Interim President of the College following Tom Kessinger's term. He served for the academic year July 1996-June 1997. Gavin had been a member of Haverford's Chemistry faculty and director of computing. He was appointed provost in 1980. In 1984 he left Haverford to become president of Macalester College which he led until 1996. At the end of his interim presidency at Haverford, he was credited with providing "inspired leadership in many areas, particularly in planning and soliciting an architect for the natural science project." (Haverford Alumni Magazine, Fall 1997, p. 3) In June 1997 Gavin was named president of the Cranbrook Educational Community.

Small file of correspondence and memoranda on a range of subjects, including: responses to letters on his appointment at Haverford and his departure from Macalester College; reunion organizing committees; Natural Sciences facilities, including reports from other campuses; Task Force on World Wide Web; plan for application to Ford Foundation "crossing borders" initiative; letters of recommendation. Also Senior Staff meetings agenda, minutes and background material for weekly meetings of college President, Provost, Dean, V. P. Institutional Advancement, V. P. Finance and Administration, Director of Admissions, Director of Athletics on a variety of administrative topics, including observance of Martin Luther King Day, with goals for the year for each senior staff member.

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70699. Robert M. Gavin, Jr. Papers, July 1996-June 1997.
Box 1

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