James Zumberge

Summary

James Herbert Zumberge (December 27, 1923 – April 15, 1992) was a professor of geology and president of Grand Valley State University from 1962 to 1969, of Southern Methodist University from 1975 to 1980, and of the University of Southern California from 1980 to 1991.

James H. Zumberge
9th President of the University of Southern California
In office
1980–1991
Preceded byJohn R. Hubbard
Succeeded bySteven Sample
7th President of Southern Methodist University
In office
1975–1980
Preceded byPaul Hardin III
Succeeded byL. Donald Shields
Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
In office
1972–1975
Preceded byJoseph Soshnik
Succeeded byRoy Young (educator)
Director of the School of Earth Science at University of Arizona
In office
1968–1972
1st President of Grand Valley State University
In office
1962–1968
Personal details
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota
OccupationAcademic administrator

BiographyEdit

Early life and educationEdit

James Herbert Zumberge was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1923 to Herbert Samuel and Helen Reich Zumberge. He served in the military (U.S. Marine Corps) before earning a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Minnesota in 1950. His thesis was on the formation of the Great Lakes.[1]

CareerEdit

Zumberge taught for several years at the University of Michigan and later was the director of the earth sciences school at the University of Arizona.[1] He led several expeditions in Antarctica and was chief glaciologist for the U.S. Ross Ice Shelf project in Antarctica.[2] Cape Zumberge and the Zumberge Coast bear his name.[3]

He served as the first President of Grand Valley State University from 1962 to 1968,[4] Director of the School of Earth Science at University of Arizona 1968–72, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1972 to 1975, the seventh president of Southern Methodist University from 1975 to 1980,[5] and the ninth president of University of Southern California from 1980 to 1991.[6]

While President of USC, Zumberge instituted a revenue-center management system, where individual schools and units were responsible for their own revenue and expenses.

Death and legacyEdit

Zumberge died at age 68 in Pasadena, California, as the result of a brain tumor.[3]

James H. Zumberge Hall (originally the Zumberge Library) and Zumberge Pond at Grand Valley State University's Allendale Campus are named for him,[7] as well as Zumberge Hall of Sciences, one of the natural science buildings at USC.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Collection of records related to Southern Methodist University president James Zumberge". Texas Archival Resources Online. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  2. ^ Gordon, Larry (February 8, 1990). "Zumberge, USC President for a Decade, to Step Down". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b "James H. Zumberge, 68, Explorer And Former President of U.S.C." New York Times. April 17, 1992. Retrieved 2007-12-03.
  4. ^ "Former GVSU Presidents". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  5. ^ "UNIVERSITY ARCHIVES". Southern Methodist University. Archived from the original on 18 January 2010. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  6. ^ "History". The University of Southern California. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 12 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Digital Collections". Grand Valley State University. Retrieved 12 March 2010.

External linksEdit

  • USC History
  • GVSU History
  • Great Alumni, University of Minnesota

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