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CHALMERS, William G.

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CHALMERS, William G. (Hamilton, OH- ). President, UNIVERSITY OF DUBUQUE. In June 1967, Chalmers, known for his inter-faith dialogue and interest in young people with emotional illness, became the eighth president of the university. He succeeded Dr. Gaylord M. COUCHMAN who won election to the city council. Chalmers held a bachelor's degree from Whitworth College of Spokane, Washington and a bachelor of divinity degree from Princeton (NJ) Theological Seminary. He had also received two honorary doctor of divinity degree from Whitworth and Schiller College in Germany.

Chalmers announced his resignation in January 1970. This was three months after the controversial establishment of a Black Cultural Center on the campus.



"U of D President Chalmers Resigns," Telegraph Herald, January 8, 1970, p. 1