[September 1]
1970

Norman Hackerman begins his tenure as 4th president of Rice University on September 1. The trustees hire Hackerman, an internationally acclaimed expert in metal corrosion and former president of the University of Texas, in April 1970 and install him formally on September 24, 1971. The 2nd chemist to shepherd Rice, Hackerman consolidates the expanded programs and research projects introduced in the post-World War II decades, restructures the administration and upgrades the Development Office. He replaces unrestricted course distribution with specific requirements in humanities, social sciences and math/sciences; establishes a Fund Council to seek new donors and raises $200 million by 1984; and launches 12 centers or institutes to coordinate specialized research and services.

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Norman Hackerman
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