November 2010 Issue • Volume 38 • Issue 8

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Glassner Named the 24th
Lewis & Clark President

The Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees recently named Barry Glassner, a noted cultural sociologist and the executive vice provost at the University of Southern California (USC), as its 24th president. Chosen by a unanimous vote of the trustees, Glassner began his duties in late October.


Barry Glassner

Glassner has built a successful career as a professor and administrator at several institutions of higher education. A keen observer of American culture, Glassner is the author or co-author of nine books, including The Culture of Fear: Why Americans Are Afraid of the Wrong Things (1999), a national bestseller that was named a "Best Book of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times. An updated edition was released in 2010.

Prior to becoming USC’s Executive Vice Provost, Glassner served as Director of the USC Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, and previous to that he chaired the USC Department of Sociology. Earlier in his career, Glassner led academic departments at Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut. He received a BA from Northwestern University and an MA and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Ron Ragen, Chair of the Lewis & Clark Board of Trustees, hailed Glassner’s unique blend of effective executive leadership, demonstrated ability to expand an academic institution’s resources, and skill as a community- and consensus-builder. "Barry built a reputation as a persuasive ambassador for higher education during his time in the Los Angeles community," Ragen said. "We are eager to see him make his mark in Portland, while he extends Lewis & Clark’s national and global reach."

"I’m enormously excited and honored to have this opportunity," Glassner said. "Lewis & Clark has a configuration that is unique in higher education: a law school with programs that are top ranked nationally; a graduate school that produces many of the region’s top education leaders; and an undergraduate college with amazing students—seven Fulbright Scholars this year alone—and an unparalleled level of international engagement."

Among other honors, Glassner received the University of Southern California’s highest research award—the Associates Award for Creativity in Research—as well as a Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award.

Glassner, who will join the Lewis & Clark undergraduate faculty as a tenured professor of sociology, has had his work featured in a wide range of mainstream media outlets and scholarly journals. His scholarly research has been published in the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Psychiatry, and other leading journals in the social sciences.

Lewis & Clark began its search for a new president in August 2009 when then-President Thomas Hochstettler took a position with the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. Provost Jane Atkinson has served as interim president since then. logo_small

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