|September 27, 2001
Volume 32 Number 3
|A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico|
Happy 100th Birthday, Dr. Kendall!
Glenn Kendall, former Chico State
Admirers agree that CSU, Chico is the university it is today in large part because of Kendalls vision and guidance. During the early years of his tenure, the programs of agriculture, social welfare, engineering, and nursing were developed. Kendall also oversaw the phenomenal growth of the college from 1,500 to 6,000 students, and from 78 to 305 teachers.
Kendalls strong commitment to the people of Northern California characterized his administration (and was a source of good-natured ribbing about his Southern pronunciation of service ayrea). Don Gerth, dean of student affairs for Kendall, said in his remarks that Kendall was the prime mover in the regional orientation of state colleges.Kendall was a devotee of Thomas Jefferson and believed that the primary mission of public institutions, especially the university, was to improve the life and living of those they served. As the new president of Chico State, Kendall combed the nine- county area of Northern California, talking to residents about their needs.
If there was an important need, I believed we should meet it, said Kendall. He was also responsible for creating the first working University Advisory Board.
Kendall was very good at hiring people, said Suthoff. He was an extraordinary guy. He saw talent and hired it. He has the record in the state, said Suthoff, for having three former administrators go on to be CSU presidents: Gerth, Paul Romberg, who became president of San Francisco State, and John Fau, who was the founding president of San Bernardino.
Kendall greeted everyone individually and spoke briefly to the crowd: I want to say thank you for the great time Ive had in Chico. Ill never forget today. He said that one of the best parts of the party was that it provided an opportunity for so many friends from over 50 years to get together once again.
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