Logan Wilson, retired president of The University of
Texas at Austin, died on November 7, 1990. He was 83.
President Wilson was born on March 6, 1907, in Huntsville,
Texas. He received a bachelor's degree from Sam Houston State University
in 1926 and a master's degree from UT Austin in 1927. He earned master's
and doctoral degrees from Harvard University in 1938 and 1939, respectively.
From 1939 through 1941 President Wilson taught at the
University of Maryland. He later taught at Tulane University, where
he also served as chairman of sociology and dean of Newcomb College.
He went on to serve as vice president and provost of the Consolidated
University of North Carolina. In 1953 he was selected president of UT
Austin. In 1960 he was named chancellor of the University.
Two of President Wilson's most significant accomplishments
were passage of the state constitutional amendment to expand the Available
and Permanent University funds and the creation of a commission to oversee
post secondary education, the Texas Commission on Higher Education.
The University was integrated in 1956, during his administration.
In 1961 he resigned from the University to direct the
American Council on Education (ACE). As head of ACE, President Wilson
led efforts to raise degree standards and improve graduate studies facilities
in American colleges and universities.
President Wilson's publications included The Academic
Man: A Study in the Sociology of a Profession (1942), Emerging
Patterns in American Higher Education (1965), Shaping American
Higher Education (1972), and American Academics: Then and Now
He was a member of more than 20 professional associations,
including the Southwestern Sociological Society, the Southern Association
of Colleges, the National Commission on Accrediting, the Texas Commission
on Atomic Energy, and the Association of American Colleges Commission
on Liberal Education.
The University established the Logan
Wilson Faculty Fellowship in Academic Administration to honor President
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 5, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas
History Center and New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,