Glenn Dumke

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Glenn Schroeder Dumke (May 5, 1917 – June 29, 1989) was a historian and chancellor of the California State University system from 1962 to 1982 – most of its first twenty years. He developed common standards for the colleges and universities in the system, supported affirmative action to recruit women and minority students, and assisted the establishment of four new campuses.

Glenn S. Dumke
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Glenn Schroeder Dumke

(1917-05-05)May 5, 1917
DiedJune 29, 1989(1989-06-29) (aged 72)
Alma materOccidental College
University of California, Los Angeles
OccupationAdministrator, professor
TitleChancellor of California State University, 1962-1982

Early life and educationEdit

Glenn Dumke was born in 1917 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. When he was age five, his family moved to Glendale, California. His father, William Frederick Dumke, was a buyer for a southern California grocery business. His mother, Marjorie Schroeder Dumke, was a homemaker who later went to work as a title searcher in Los Angeles. Dumke attended UCLA's Training School and graduated from Glendale Hoover High School in 1934. He earned a history degree from Occidental College in 1938. He completed an M.A. in history from Occidental and a Ph.D. in history from UCLA in 1942.[1]

Career as university professor and administratorEdit

Dumke's first academic job was teaching Western American and Hispanic history at Occidental College. During the 1940s he conducted extensive research and published his most notable historical works, including The Boom of the Eighties in Southern California (1944) and A History of the Pacific Area in Modern Times (1949), co-authored with Osgood Hardy. In 1950 he became Dean of Faculty at Occidental. In 1957 he accepted the position of president at San Francisco State College. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to join the committee creating the California Master Plan for Higher Education (1960), which distinguished among the University of California (UC) system, whose research campuses would offer degrees through the Ph.D., the California State Universities & Colleges (now known as CSU), which would offer bachelor's and master's degrees, and the California Community Colleges, which would offer two-year programs. Dumke was appointed the first vice chancellor for academic affairs of the CSU system. When Buell Gallagher, the first chancellor of the new system, resigned suddenly after only eight months on the job, Dumke was offered the position.[1]

As CSU chancellor from 1962 to 1982, Dumke's accomplishments were significant. Under his leadership 19 separate state colleges became the largest system of higher education in the United States, and enrollment tripled to 319,000 students.[2] He created a system-wide academic senate. He began the practice of meeting monthly with the campus presidents, giving them significant input on system policies. He pushed for strong accreditation standards, and a system-wide general education program. He advocated for admission standards, which the CSU finally adopted in 1990. During his term of office, he helped create four new campuses at Dominguez Hills, Bakersfield, San Bernardino and Sonoma. Dumke was a staunch opponent of student and faculty strikes in the period of unrest from 1965 to 1971, issuing a ban on faculty strikes in 1969. Other initiatives of Dumke include the establishment of off-campus and extension programs in 1971, and a 1978 five-year affirmative action plan to increase enrollment of women and minorities in the CSU.[1]

Later lifeEdit

After his retirement in 1982, Dumke was president of several think-tanks, including the conservative Institute for Contemporary Studies (1982-1989) and the Foundation for the 21st Century (1986-1989). He also sat on the governing boards for Pepperdine University, University of Redlands, and the California Chamber of Commerce. Among his national awards were the USO Distinguished American Award and the award for Individual Excellence in Education from the Freedoms Foundation. He was a member of a number of social clubs, including the Bohemian Club and the Commonwealth Club of California.[1]

He was married to Dorothy Robinson Dumke for 44 years.

Books by Glenn S. DumkeEdit

  • The Boom of the Eighties in Southern California (1944; Huntington Library Press, 1991). ISBN 978-0-87328-003-7
  • editor, Mexican Gold Trail: The Journal of a Forty-Niner (Huntington Library, 1945; reprinted 2006).
  • co-authored with Osgood Hardy, A History of the Pacific Area in Modern Times (1949).
  • The Crossing of the Tahachapi by the Southern Pacific (Book Club of California, 1954).
  • co-authored with Robert Glass Cleland, From Wilderness to Empire: A History of California (Knopf, 1959).

Dumke wrote several historical novels under the pseudonyms Glenn Pierce (The Tyrant of Bagdad, 1955; and King's Ransom, 1986) and Jordan Allen (The Condor, 1970; Texas Fever, 1980; and Cavern of Silver, 1982 ).

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d "Guide to the Glenn S. Dumke Collection". CSU Archives, CSU Dominguez Hills. Retrieved 2008-11-18.
  2. ^ AP (July 1, 1989). "Dr. Glenn S. Dumke, 72, Is Dead; Was California Universities' Head". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-23.
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Preceded by
Buell Gallagher
2nd Chancellor of the
California State University System

Succeeded by
W. Ann Reynolds