Bachelor, University Kentucky, 1962. Master of Arts, University Illinois, 1965. Doctor of Education, University Kentucky, 1967.
Vice president, dean of faculty Midway College, Kentucky, 1965—1968. Director educational programs West Virginia Board Education, Charleston, 1968—1969. Dean student personnel programs Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia, 1969—1971.
Vice president, dean of faculty West Virginia Institute of Technology, Montgomery, 1971—1973. President Murray State University, Kentucky, 1973—1983, University Northern Iowa, 1983—1995, Clemson University, 1995—1999, American Association State Colleges and Universities, since 1999. Chairman emeritus American Humanics Inc.
Trustee Midway College, Allen College Nursing, Sigma Chi Foundation. Charter member advisory council National Small Business Development Center. Member Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married Roberta Jo Hern, August 9, 1974. Children: Robert Alexander and Elena Diane.