AB, Eastern Michigan University, 1952. Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Michigan State University, 1964.
LhD (honorary), University of Technology Santiago, Domincan Republic, 1995. LhD (honorary), University Houston, 1997.
Dean university services, Florida International U., Miami, 1970-1971; associate dean faculty, Florida International U., Miami, 1971-1972; associate vice president academic affairs, provost North campus, Florida International U., Miami, 1972-1973; vice president community affairs, Florida Internat U., Miami, 1973-1978; dean college continuing education, U. Rhode Island, 1978-1981; chancellor, Indiana U. East, Richmond, 1981-1986; president, U. Houston, Victoria, 1986-1989; interim chancellor, U. Houston Sys., 1989; president, U. Houston, Clear Lake, 1991-1995; president, U. Houston, 1995-1997; president emeritus, U. Houston, since 1997; director, Institute for Future of Higher Education/U. Houston, since 1997.
Member of International Association University President (board directors, vice president 1991-1998), American Association University Administrators (board directors 1991-1996), National University Continuing Education Association (president 1973-1974), Golden Key, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married Joyce Leslie Walker, March 3, 1973. Children: Lynn, Jill, Kurt.