UVM President Lattie Coor

From the University of Vermont's Presidential Installation records:

(1976 - 1989)
Lattie F. Coor was inaugurated as the university’s twenty-first president on September 24, 1976. He had three basic objectives when he became president. The first was “to strengthen the undergraduate education program in terms of quality and reputation . . . and to craft an effective research and graduate program to compliment the undergraduate experience.” During the intellectual iconoclasm of the late 1960’s, the Arts and Sciences faculty had basically abandoned the core curriculum. Shortly after Coor arrived, he established a Committee on Baccalaureate Education to study the academic curriculum, and the faculty later strengthened the distributive requirements for undergraduates. In addition, Coor improved faculty salaries, and he was also able to secure funds for two new endowed chairs, the Bishop Robert F. Joyce Professor of Gerontology and the John L. Beckley Professor of Business. President Coor’s second priority was to initiate selective building improvements, which included the 1980 expansion of the Bailey/Howe Library, the 1981 expansion of Patrick Gymnasium, the 1982 construction of the Aiken Natural Resources Building, the 1985 expansion of the Fleming Museum, the 1986 expansion of Billings Student Center, and the 1988 construction of Kalkin Hall to house the business school. Coor’s third major objective was to strengthen the university’s financial base, especially by improving relationships with the state, and he organized a group of distinguished alumni into the Vermont Council in an effort to achieve this end. President Coor’s major problem involved UVM’s relationship with the state. When he became president, the state appropriation of $11.2 million covered 20 percent of the total UVM budget. By 1989, when Coor resigned to become president of Arizona State University, the state appropriation had increased to $29 million, but this covered less than 13 percent of the university’s total budget, the lowest percentage of state support in the nation. In addition, relations with the city of Burlington deteriorated as many students took up residence in city apartments when the trustees decided not to build any more new dormitories after 1980. As a result of increases brought about by inflation, improved services, and a greatly enlarged research agenda, by the time Coor left UVM, the university had grown to more than three thousand employees, and the 1990-91 operating budget was more than $232 million. In order to help cover these costs, in-state tuition increased to $4,200, and nonresident tuition jumped to $12,800. [1]

In 1988, students occupied the Waterman building demanding commitment to a larger minority presence on campus. A week later, the Waterman agreement was signed with President Lattie Coor's agreeing to a timeline for hiring minority faculty and recruiting more minority students. [2]

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