Lattie Finch Coor, PhD

Lattie Coor

Title: University President Emeritus, Professor of Public Affairs
Company: Arizona State University
Location: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

Lattie Coor, PhD, University President Emeritus and Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public affairs education and academic management.

Dr. Coor’s decision to go into the field of academia was inspired by a professor he had while attending Northern Arizona University. Since this motivation, Dr. Coor’s career has gone on to touch the lives of generations of students. In his current line of work, he continues his dedication as a Professor of Public Affairs at Arizona State University, where he is also the Ernest W. McFarland Arizona Heritage Chair of Leadership and Public Policy. In addition, he served as the institution’s president from 1990 until 2002, where he then became president emeritus. Prior to teaching at the institution, he was the President of the University of Vermont, and held a number of roles such as the University Vice-Chancellor at Washington University. He started working at Washington University in 1963 as the Assistant to Chancellor.

In addition to these roles, Dr. Coor has served as the Chairman of the Board for the Center for the Future of Arizona and as the Chairman of the Pacific 10 Conference with the Arizona State Board of Education. He served as the Chairman of Division I with the Commission of the NCAA, as well as the commission’s president between 1984 and 1990. Furthermore, Dr. Coor has worked in executive roles with the Association of American Universities and National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, the New England Board of Higher Education, the American Council on Education and the Department of Health with the United States Commission on Education.

Dr. Coor received the Phelps Dodge Scholarship in 1958, and graduated the same year with a Bachelor of Arts from Northern Arizona University with high honors. He continued his own academic pursuits at Washington University, receiving a Master of Arts with honors in 1960 and a PhD in 1964. He has several Honorary LLD’s as well, from Northern Arizona University, the University of Vermont, the American College of Greece and Marlboro College. Dr. Coor has maintained professional affiliation with the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities, the Universal Match Foundation, the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and as a fellow of the Carnegie Corp.

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