Kerr, Clark (kûr, kär), 1911–2003, American educational reformer, b. Reading, Pa., grad. Swarthmore College (B.A., 1932) and the Univ. of California at Berkeley (Ph.D., 1939). He was a professor of industrial relations at Berkeley from 1945 until 1952 when he was named chancellor. In 1958 he became president of the Univ. of California, building its prestigious system until 1967, when Gov. Ronald Reagan had him dismissed because of campus unrest. He became director of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education, which called for a “bill of educational rights,” and author of its report Three Thousand Futures (1970). His writings include The Uses of the University (1972) and The Future of Industrial Societies (1983).
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Kerr, Clark(1911– ) university president, economist; born in Stony Creek, Pa. A widely published labor economist and labor arbitrator, he presided over rapid growth at the University of California (chancellor 1952–58, president 1958–67), coined the term "multiversity," and wrote the controversial Uses of the University (1963). He chaired the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education (1967–73).
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