Bachelor, University Iowa, 1958. Master of Arts, University Iowa, 1960. Doctor of Philosophy, University Iowa, 1966.
Doctor of higher education administration (honorary), Bowling Green State University, 2004.
Teacher instrumental music, Morrison Community High School, Illinois, 1958-1963;
Teacher instrumental music, University Schools, Iowa City, 1963-1966;
assistant professor music, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio., 1966-1967;
assistant professor music, Indiana U., Bloomington, 1967-1969;
also assistant director bands. Associate professor music, U. Oklahoma, 1969-1972;
assistant director bands, associate professor music, U. Oklahoma, Norman
director graduate studies in music, executive director, National Association Schools Music, Washington, 1972-1975;
treasurer, National Association Schools Music, 1977-1982;
vice president, National Association Schools Music, 1982-1985;
president, National Association Schools Music, 1985-1988;
dean, College Musical Arts, Bowling Green State University, Ohio., 1975-1979;
dean School Music, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1979-1991;
provost, vice president for academic affairs, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1991-1994;
president, Ohio U., Athens, since 1994. Consultant higher education, conductor.
Chairman Council Specialized Accrediting Agilysys,1976-1977. Chair American Council Education Commission Leadership and Institutional Effectiveness, since 1998. Chair county president Mid-American Conference, since 1997.
Board directors Council on Postsecondary Accreditation, 1977—1984, executive committee, 1979—1984, chairman, 1981—1983. Board directors Arts, Education and Americans, Inc., 1978—1981. Chairman advanced placement music committee College Board, 1977—1979.
Member Council on Arts Task Force on Education Training and Development Professional Artists and Art Educators, 1977—1978. Advisory council on accreditation National League for Nursing, 1977—1981. Education advisory committee National Endowment for Arts, 1987, advisory committee for arts in education, 1989—1990.
Board directors Council for Higher Education Accreditation, 1996—2004, chairman, 1996—1998. Member of American Bar Association (committee accreditation member since 2009), Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund Institute (consultant since 2007), Ohio Inter-University Council (chair 2001-2002), Ohio Aerospace Institute (executive committee 1995—2004, chair 1998—2000), Ohio Supercomputer Center (governing board 1996—2004), Ohio Science and Technology Council (biotechnology committee 1996—2004), Southern Association Colleges and Schools (commission on college 1993-1994), Association Specialized and Professional Accreditors (board directors 1994-1996), College Music Society (chairman government relations committee 1976-1978, task force on education college music teachers 1987), Mortar Board, Pi Kappa Lamdba (national vice president 1979-1981, president 1981-1985), Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Beta Kappa.
Married Rene Colete Siefken, April 26, 1964. Children: Melissa, Michele, Briana.