Oral History Center - UC Berkeley Library

David P. Gardner: A Life in Higher Education: Fifteenth President of the University of California at Berkeley 1983-1992

Interviewee(s):
Gardner, David P.
Interviewer(s):
Lage, Ann
Title:
David P. Gardner: A Life in Higher Education: Fifteenth President of the University of California at Berkeley 1983-1992
Abstract:
Family and youth in Berkeley, Mormon upbringing; employment with Berkeley Alumni Assn., 1960-1964; PhD in higher education, 1966, UC Berkeley, and study of the loyalty oath controversy; assisting Chancellor Vernon Cheadle at UC Santa Barbara, 1964-1970: managing campus growth and student unrest; service in UC President's Office under Charles Hitch; president, University of Utah, 1973-1983: budget and legislative relations, accomplishments; chairing National Commission on Excellence in Education, 1981-1983; presidency of the University of California, 1983-1992: management style, staff, relationship with Board of Regents, chancellors, faculty, and students; role in Sacramento: relations with Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson, the finance department, key legislators, Speaker Willie Brown; planning for new academic programs and campuses: the Humanities Institute, Pacific Rim studies, new professional schools, Keck Observatory; affirmative action policies; the budget process; controversies over UC management of the national laboratories and divestment in South Africa; impact of state budget crisis; death of wife, Elizabeth, 1991; resignation and controversy surrounding retirement package; presidency of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation since 1993, service on other non-profit and corporate boards. Appendices include A Nation at Risk, 1983.]
Subject area(s):
Education, University of California
Interview date(s):
1995 1996
Project:
Education and University of California - Individual Interviews
Oskicat record:
b10963423
Rights:
Gardner, David P. "David P. Gardner: A Life in Higher Education: Fifteenth President of the University of California at Berkeley 1983-1992." Interview by Ann Lage in 1995 and 1996. Oral History Center, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 1997.