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academic administrator , linguist

Nils Hasselmo was American academic administrator, linguist. Decorated Royal Order of North Star Sweden; named Swedish-American of Year, Swedish Government and Vasa Order American, 1991; recipient King Carl XVI Gustaf's Bicentennial medal in Gold, Sweden, 1976, Ellis Island medal of honor, 1993, Great Swedish Heritage award, Swedish Council American, 2007; Fulbright-Hays fellow, 1968-1969.


Hasselmo, Nils was born on July 2, 1931 in Kola, Sweden. Arrived in the United States, 1956. Son of A. Wilner and Anna Helena (Backlund) Hasselmo.


Fil. magazine, Uppsala University, 1956. Bachelor, Augustana College, Illinois, 1957. Doctor of Philosophy, Harvard University, 1961.

Fil. licensed, Uppsala University, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Uppsala University, 1979. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), North Park College Theological Seminary, 1992.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Augustana College, Illinois, 1995.


Assistant professor Swedish Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, 1958—1959, 1961—1963. Associate professor to professor Scandinavian languages and literature University Minnesota, Minneapolis, 1965—1983, 1988—1997, chairman Scandinavian languages and literature, 1970—1973. Director University Minnesota Center for Northwest European Languages and Area Studies, 1970—1973.

Associate dean University Minnesota College Liberal Arts, 1973—1978. Vice president for administration and planning University Minnesota, 1980—1983, president, 1988—1997. Senior vice president academy affairs, provost University Arizona, Tucson, 1983—1988, professor English and linguistics, 1983—1988.

President Association American Universities, Washington, 1998—2006. Visiting committee department Germanic languages and literature Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1981—1986. Trustee National Merit Scholarship Corporation, 1992—1997.

With Royal Signal Corps Swedish Army, 1951-1954.



Active Governor's Task Force on Technology and Improvement of Employment, Minnesota, 1982—1983. Trustee American Scandinavian Foundation, since 1992. Board directors Swedish Council American, 1978—2004, chairman board, 1999—2001.

Board directors Walker Art Center, 1989—1995. Board overseers Minneapolis College Art and Design, 1982—1983. Board directors Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, 2002—2005, Council Library and Information Resources, 1999—2006.

Member of Modern Language Association, American Friends Uppsala University (Sweden) (vice president since 2007), National Academy Forum Information Technology and Research University, University Research Association (trustee 1993-1997), National Association State Universities and Land Grant Colleges (executive committee academy affairs council 1986-1988, chairman council president and chancellors 1992-1993, chair board 1994-1995), Swedish-American History Society (chairman board 1984-1986), Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy, Vetenskaps-Society, Linguistic Society of America, Society for Advancement Scandinavian Study (president 1971-1973).


Married Patricia June Tillberg, October 25, 1958 (deceased December 30, 2000). Children: Nils Peter, Michael Erik, Anna Patricia. Married Ann Hayes, November 8, 2003.

A. Wilner Hasselmo

Anna Helena (Backlund) Hasselmo

Patricia June Tillberg

Ann Hayes

Nils Peter Hasselmo

Michael Erik Hasselmo

Anna Patricia Hasselmo