Edinboro State College's Response to the Baby Boomers – A Success: But what went wrong?
Roy Strausbaugh, Ph.D., former professor of history and administrator at Edinboro University (and now emeritus) will discuss Edinboro's leadership and the Commonwealth's plans to meet the surge of Pennsylvania students looking to go to college, and how it rose to the occasion. Dr. Strausbaugh is the author of Edinboro University: An Administrative History that examines this era.
Through my challenges and unexpected change of leadership, Edinboro responded to the challenge of expanding and accepting increasing numbers of students during the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s. This was done well. However, Edinboro, perhaps more than its sister institutions, faced growing problems – problems, most of which were of its own making faced with growing problems.
This event will be held at Edinboro University's Reeder Lecture Hall at 219 Meadville St, Edinboro, PA 16412
Roy Strausbaugh, Ph.D., D.Hu., served in the U.S. Navy and graduated from the Navy School of Music before going on to earn his doctoral degree from Case Western Reserve University in Modern European History, with his dissertation focused on German reparation payments and British policy at and after the Versailles Peace Conference. His career in higher education began at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 1966, where he rose to the rank of tenured full professor and subsequently served as a dean and associate vice president until his retirement in 1993. Soon thereafter, he received an appointment at Mercyhurst University and served as a member of the faculty and as dean on several occasions over twenty years. For his lifetime of service in higher education, Thiel College granted him a doctorate in humanities, honoris causa. His civic involvement includes serving as the founding president of the Flagship Niagara League. He is currently Vice President of the Erie County Historical Society and the President of Meals on Wheels, Erie.