The Henry G. Bennett Distinguished Service Award


Dr. Robert W. MacVicar
Former President, Oregon State University

Dr. Robert W. MacVicar

Dr. Robert W. MacVicar, who retired last November after 14 years as President of Oregon State University, is an established national leader in higher education and science.

After graduating with highest honors from the University of Wyoming in 1939, he was chosen to be a Rhodes Scholar. When the start of World War II prevented him from going to England for the special advanced study, he served with distinction as an officer in the U.S. Army.

During President MacVicar's administration, Oregon State added two new major academic units, the School of Oceanography and the School of Veterinary Medicine. Under his leadership, the University actively expanded its participation in the international community, conducting foreign study programs in eight countries around the world.

He served on a number of committees of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, was a consultant to the U.S. Office of Education, was consultant to the Atomic Energy Commission and was a member of the Educational Advisory Committee of the National Science Foundation.

He was a founding member of the Board of the Central Educational Midwest Research Laboratory at St. Louis, and was chairman of the Executive Committee of that facility for three years.

In 1972 Dr. MacVicar was one of seven representatives of government and higher education selected for a policy-level steering committee to guide a nationwide program for higher education information exchange, directed by the National Center for Higher Education management Systems. He has been an administrator at two other universities. At Oklahoma State his service included the titles of Dean of the Graduate College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. At Southern Illinois University he was Chancellor. He is the author of more that 135 papers, reports and articles.

Year of Award: 1985