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Gerald Leinwand

1977 - 1982

Dr. Gerald Leinwand came to Oregon College of Education from Baruch College in New York City, where he was the Dean of Education. At OCE, he saw an opportunity for change and great potential in a school that had education and liberal arts in the curriculum. Leinwand received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the New York University in 1941, his Masters degree from Columbia University in 1945 and his Doctorate from New York University in 1963.

When he arrived at Oregon College of Education in 1977, he had many great ideas for the college. He even changed the name of the school to Western Oregon State College in 1981 to make it more than just an education college. The constant fight for funding and enrollment was tiring and, in 1982, after five years as president, Leinwand retired from WOSC and returned to New York City.


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