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Leland L. Medsker


Leland L. Medsker, American educator.


Medsker, Leland L. was born on July 8, 1905 in Guilford, Missouri, United States. Son of Tilghman and Elizabeth (Beggs) Medsker.


Bachelor of Science, N.W. Missouri State University, 1928. Master of Business Administration, Northwestern University, 1935. Graduate work University of Chicago, 1946-1947.

Doctor of Education, Stanford, 1954.


Instructor, Arthur Hill High School, Saginaw, Michigan, 1928-1930. Instructor Proviso Township High School, Maywood, Illinois, 1930-1936. Department chairman of Wilson Junior College, Chicago, 1936-1938.

Assistant director Bureau Occupational Research and Guidance, Chicago Public Schools, 1938-1946. Dean Wright Junior College, Chicago, 1946-1950. Director East Contra Costa (California) Junior College 1950-1956.

Instructor School Education Stanford, 1950-1952, lecturer, part time, 1950-1956 research consultant on higher education University of California at Berkeley, 1956-1958. Summer instructor department education University of Chicago, 1947-1948. Lecturer University of California, 1955-1960, professor higher education, 1960-1973, emeritus, 1973-1978, vice chairman Center for Research and Development Higher Education, 1958-1966, acting chairman, 1966-1967, director, 1967-1972, project director, 1973-1978.


  • Author: The Junior College. Progress and Prospect, 1960. The Global Quest for Educational Opportunity, 1972.

    Co-author: From Junior to Senior College: A National Study of the Transfer Student, 1965. Beyond High School, 1968. Breaking the Access Barriers: A Profile of the American Junior College, 1971.

    (with others) Extending Opportunities for a College Degree. Practices, Problems, and Potentials, 1975.


Member National Commision on Accrediting 1954-1956. Member American Association Junior Colls. (secretary commission on terminal education, 1940-1945, vice president 1947, president 1948), Chicago Guidance and Personnel Association (president 1945), North Central Association Colleges Secondary Schools (commission on colls. universities and board review), American Council Education, National Education Association (president Association for Higher Education 1962-1963).


Married Mary Thompson, April 14, 1933. Children: Susan, Linda.

Tilghman Medsker

Elizabeth (Beggs) Medsker

Mary Thompson

Susan Medsker

Linda Medsker