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On August 1, 1977 Charles Glassick assumed his duties as president of Gettysburg College. With the 25th anniversary of that event approaching, it seemed appropriate to take stock of Glassick's accomplishments. This was an eventful presidency for Gettysburg, as the college began to identify itself less as a worthy, but modest, Lutheran institution of higher learning than as a national liberal arts college. The process of embracing a new identity was not always smooth, but under Glassick's leadership the college prospered. Gettysburg in 1989 remained committed as always to the liberal arts mission it had long espoused, but it did so with greater confidence and a stronger position compared with peer schools that ever before.

Intended as an overview of the Glassick years at Gettysburg, this pamphlet can be only the first word about this protean presidency. It is heavily based on the Glassick Papers in the college archives; oral history interviews conducted by the author and by students in his Historical Methods class in Spring 2002; and papers written by students in that class.

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Gettysburg, PA

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The Presidency of Charles E. Glassick, 1977-1989: An Appraisal