Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Washington and Lee University, 1953; Doctor of Letters (honorary), Washington and Lee University, 1979; Fulbright scholar, Edinburgh (Scotland) U., 1953-1954; Bachelor of Divinity summa cum laude, Yale, 1956; Doctor of Philosophy, Yale, 1960; postdoctoral research, Yale University and University Tübingen, Germany, 1964-1965; postdoctoral research, University of California, Berkeley, 1968-1969; postdoctoral research, Silliman U., Philippines, 1976-1977; HLD (honorary), Transylvania U., 1990.
Director International Student Center, New Haven, 1956-1958. Member faculty Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 1960-1970, associate provost, 1967-1968. Visiting lecturer Pacific School Religion and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, 1968-1969.
President State University of New York College at Old Westbury, 1970-1981, Claremont (California) Graduate University, 1981-1998. Senior fellow Claremont Graduate University School Politics and Economics. Trustee (charter) Keck Graduate Institute Applied Life Sciences, 1997-1998, (honorary) Claremont Graduate University, since 1998, Union Theological Seminary, since 2003.
Director national project Renewing Democracy through Interracial/Multicultural Comty. Building, since 1998. Member advisory council Pacific Oaks College, Georgia State University, since 1999, The Advancement Project.
Senior advisory Claremont Museum Art. National co-director Institute Democratic Renewal/Project Change's joint antiracism venture, since 2002.
Member Connecticut advisory comt. United States Comn. Civil Rights, 1961—1970. Participant White House Conference on Civil Rights, 1966.
Advisor Martin Luther King Century, Central Social Change, Atlanta, since 1968, permanent trustee, since 1968, 1st chairman board directors, since 1968. Board directors Nassau County Health and Welfare Council, 1971—1981, president, 1974—1976. Trustee United Board Christian Higher Ed in Asia, 1975—1981, Institute International Educated, 1980—1986.
Charter trustee Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, Claremont, California, since 1984, vice chairman, 1987—1994, treasurer, since 1995. With Asn. Indiana California Colonels and Universities, 1985—1998, chairman, 1990—1992, member executive comt., 1992—1998. With California Achievement Council, 1985—1994, chairman, 1990—1994.
With Transylvania University Bingham Trust, since 1987, Lincoln Foundation and Lincoln Institute Land Policy, Inc., 1987—1994. The JL Foundation, since 1988. With Education Foundation African Americans, 1991—1999.
Board directors Asn. American Colonels and Universities, 1981—1986, chairman, 1984—1985. Board directors Legal Defense and Education Fund National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, since 1991, west coast division, 1981—1991, Thacher School, Ojai, California, 1982—1994, vice chairman, 1986—1990. With Salzburg Seminar, 1992—1996.
Charter member Pacific Council International Policy, since 1995. Member American Comt. United States-Soviet Relations, 1981—1992, Blue Ribbon California Comn.
Teaching Profession, 1984—1986. Member governor council Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar, 1984—1994. Member Council Foreign Relations, since 1983.
Member advisory board Research and Development Century, Central Research Immigration Policy, 1994—1997, Peter F. Drucker Foundation Non-Profit Mgt, since 1990, Andrew Young School Policy Georgia State University, since 1999, The Eureka Communities, since 1998. Member President's Advisory Council Comn. on California Master Plan Higher Education, 1986—1987, Los Angeles Education Alliance Restructuring Now, 1992—1998, California Business Higher Education Forum, 1992—1998. Leader Idyllwild School Summer Poetry Festival, since 1998.
Fellow Society Values Higher Education (president 1974-1981, board directors 1972-1988). Member Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Kappa.
Married Lillian Louise Parrish, August 29, 1953. Children: Catherine Merrill, Mary Elizabeth, Anne King.