case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Agnar Pytte
Pronunciation: PIT-u

President, Case Western Reserve University, 7/1/1987-6/30/1999


A.B., Princeton University, 1953, Physics

A.M., Harvard University, 1954, Physics

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1958, Physics



University Awards

Student Crew Club christened its boat the Agnar Pytte, 1994.

Case Western Reserve University awarded Pytte the University Medal in recognition of his leadership, dedication and service to the University, to higher education, and to society, 1999.

The Agnar Pytte Center for Science Education and Research was named for Pytte in “appreciation for his distinguished leadership as President of the University from 1987 to 1999,” 2001.



Research Physicist, Hycon Eastern Inc., 1956

Faculty member, Department of Physics, Dartmouth College, , 1957-1987

Eleanor and Kelvin Smith Professor of Physics, Dartmouth College, 1981-1987

Chairman, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dartmouth College

Associate Dean, Faculty for the Sciences, Dartmouth College

Dean, Graduate Studies, Dartmouth College

Provost, Dartmouth College, 1982-1987

President Emeritus, Case Western Reserve University, 1999-


University Numbers
  1987/88 1998/99
Enrollment 8,046 9,799
Number of full time faculty 1,571 2,045
Endowment market value $334,029,000 $1.434 billion
Full time undergraduate tuition $10,000 $18,400
Surplus $33,000 $50,069


The School of Applied Social Sciences was named the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences


Design and construction of phase 1 (16 residence halls) of the all fiber-optic computer network, CWRUnet, was completed.
Student protesters were killed by the Chinese military in Tiananmen Square.


The Exxon Valdez spilled millions of gallons of crude oil in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.


The Hubble Space Telescope began its observations of the Earth.
Tim Berners-Lee published a proposal for, and developed a prototype of, the World Wide Web.
The Undergraduate Alumni Association was formed, membership including all alumni with CIT, WRU, CWRU baccalaureate degrees.


The five-year Campaign for CWRU raised $416.5 million, surpassing the original goal of $350 million.


The Case Western Reserve University web site was launched.


A new Campus Master Plan, under which approximately fifteen new buildings or major renovations were started or completed, was concluded. 




Regional Population
  1990 2000
Cleveland 505,616 478,403
Cuyahoga County 1,412,140 1,393,978


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.