Bachelor of Arts, Rhodes College, 1951; Bachelor of Divinity, Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, 1954; Doctor of Philosophy, Duke, 1961.
Associate professor philosophy Alma College, 1962-1966. Professor philosophy Tusculum College, 1966-1969, vice president, dean faculty, 1967-1968, acting president, 1968-1969. Provost Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, 1969-1975.
President Ohio University, Athens, 1975-1994, president emeritus, Trustee professor philosophy and education, since 1994, company- director Manasseh Cutler Scholars Program, director Ping Institute for Teaching Humanities, 1994-1999, director emeritus, since 1999. Board directors Wing Lung Bank International Institute for Business Development, Hong Kong. Trustee Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Muskingum College, Ohio.
Member advisory board Institute Educational Management of Harvard University. Chair Commission Planning for Future of Higher Education, Kingdom of Swaziland. Member Commission on Higher Education Republic of Namibia.
Member Council on International Educational Exchange (chair board), David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies (board directors), Council International Exchange Scholars (board directors, chair Africa committee).
Married Claire Oates, June 5, 1951. Children: Andrew, Ann Shelton.