case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


T. Keith Glennan

President, Case Institute of Technology, 9/1/1947-6/30/1966

T. Keith Glennan


B.S., Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University, 1927, Electrical Engineering





University Awards

Western Reserve University awarded Glennan the honorary Doctor of Laws, 1960.

Case Institute of Technology awarded Glennan the honorary Doctor of Engineering, 1960.

The Case Alumni Association established the President T. Keith Glennan Fund to honor Glennan’s contributions to Case Institute of Technology. The fund supported occasional lectures or lecture series by distinguished speakers selected by the President, 1965.

Case Western Reserve University dedicated its new engineering research and graduate education building the Glennan Space Engineering Building in recognition of Glennan’s “uncommon and creative leadership in the service of higher education, Cleveland, Case Institute of Technology, and his country," 1969.

Case Western Reserve University awarded Glennan the University Medal in honor of his significant contributions to the University, higher education, and to society, 1973.

Gordon and Cora Glennan established the T. Keith Glennan Fund in honor of Glennan’s contributions to the University. The fund was used to provide graduate and undergraduate scholarships or fellowships, 1978.

The T. Keith Glennan Fund in Suport of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE) supported the T. Keith Glennan Fellows and other UCITE programs. The fund was established by T. Keith, Gordon and Cora Glennan, 1995.



Installation Manager, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1928-1930

Assistant Continental Manager, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1930

Assistant General Service Superintendent (later, Operating Manager), Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1930-1931

Assistant Manager, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1931-1932

General Manager, Audio Cinema, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1932-1933

Vice President, Eastern Service Studios, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1933-1934

Vice President and General Manager, General Service Studios, Electrical Research Products, Inc., 1934-1935

Operations Manager, Paramount Pictures, Inc., 1935-1939

Studio Manager, Paramount Pictures, Inc., 1939-1941

Executive, Vega Airplane Corporation, 1941

Studio Manager, Samuel Goldwyn Studios, 1941-1942

Administrator, U. S. Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, 1942

Director, U. S. Navy Underwater Sound Laboratory, 1942-1945

Assistant Production Manager, Ansco Division, General Aniline and Film Corporation, 1945-1946

Manager, Ansco Division of General Aniline and Film Corporation, 1946-1947

Commissioner, U. S. Atomic Energy Commission, 1950-1952

Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1958-1961

President, Associated Universities Inc., 1965-1968

Assistant to the Chairman, Urban Coalition, 1969

U.S. representative, International Atomic Energy Agency, 1970-1973

Trustee, Case Western Reserve University, 1970-1978

Consultant, U.S. State Department, 1973-1980

Honorary Trustee, Case Western Reserve University, 1978-1995


University Numbers
  1947/48 1965/66
Enrollment 2,458 2,623
Number of faculty 178 202
Research contracts and grants $390,000 (approximately) $4,810,564
Tuition per year $500 $1,700



Division of Social-Humanistic studies was organized, including the departments of Social Studies and Language and Literature.


Case joined Western Reserve University in a cooperative University Health Service for students of both institutions.



The United States entered the war in Korea.

The Diamond Jubilee Campaign began. It raised over $2 million for building construction, operations, scholarships, and other purposes.


James Watson and Frances Crick identified the structure of DNA.

  1956 Southdale Center, the U.S.’s first fully enclosed shopping mall, opened.
Building Fund Campaign was launched and ultimately raised $8.3 million for building construction. 1957 University Circle Development Foundation, later University Circle Inc., was established.
    Sputnik I became the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth.
Cooperative program established between Case and Western Reserve University. Case assumed responsibility for undergraduate and graduate instruction in the field of astronomy, and WRU assumed responsibility in the field of geology. 1960  
First women undergraduates were admitted to Case on a regular basis.    
Establishment of Engineering Division, which combined the former engineering departments into one unit to promote interdisciplinary activity. 1961  
Department of Management was reorganized as the Division of Organizational Sciences with an Operations Research Group, an Organizational Behavior Group, and an Economics Group. 1962 John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth.
A joint program in philosophy was established between Case and Western Reserve University. 1964  
The Case and WRU Trustees authorized establishment of the Case-Reserve Study Commission, which ultimately recommended federation of the two institutions. 1965 First U.S. combat troops arrived in Vietnam.



Regional Population
  1950 1960
Cleveland 914,808 876,050

Caution should be taken when comparing financial data across long periods of time. Accounting practices have changed substantially during CWRU's nearly 200-year history. In compiling these numbers, we have relied on the most authoritative contemporaneous sources available.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, March 2007.