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State agency administrator , University president

Loran Donald Shields, American State agency administrator, former university president Recipient California State Legislature Distinguished Teaching award, 1965; named one of Five Outstanding Young Men California Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1971; du Pont fellow, 1961-1962.


Shields, LOran Donald was born on September 18, 1936 in San Diego, California, United States. Son of Clifford L. and Malta Shields.


Bachelor of Arts, University of California at Riverside, 1959;postgraduate (graduate assistant teaching fellow), University of Illinois, 1959;postgraduate (graduate assistant teaching fellow), University of Southern California, 1959;postgraduate (graduate assistant teaching fellow), University of California at Los Angeles, 1959;Doctor of Philosophy (duPont teaching fellow), University of California at Los Angeles, 1964.


Assistant professor of chemistry, California State University, Fullerton, 1963-1966;associate professor, California State University, 1966-1967;professor, California State University, since 1967;vice president for administration, California State University, 1967-1970;acting president, California State University, 1970-1971;president, California State University, 1971-1980;president, Southern Methodist U., Dallas, 1980-1986;executive director, coordinator project California, California Council on Science and Technology, since 1989. Visiting professor of chemistry University of California at Los Angeles, summers, 1964-1967. Cons. National Science Foundation, since 1970.

Member National Science Board, 1974-1980.


Trustee National Commission Cooperative Education, 1977-1984. Board directors Dallas Citizens Council, 1986-1987. Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College Public Relations Association, American Institute Chemists (Honor Scroll award 1980), Orange County Chamber of C., Texas Lyceum, Dallas Assembly, Town Hall California, Sigma Xi, Phi Lambda Upsilon.


Married Patricia Ann Baldwin, September 1, 1957. Children: Ronald, Steven, Cynthia, Laurie.

Clifford L.

Malta Shields

Patricia Ann Baldwin

Ronald Shields

Steven Shields

Cynthia Shields

Laurie Shields