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Hail to the Chief! Presidents of St. Cloud State University, 1869-2014

Robert Bess, Interim President, 1992-1995

Robert Bess

  • Educated at Tufts University, Columbia University and University of California, Los Angeles

  • In 1979-1980, was acting president at California State University, Fresno

  • Spent nearly entire academic career within the California State University system, retiring in 1991 as the Executive Vice President at California State University, Sacramento

  • Intended to serve for two years at St. Cloud State, but stayed an additional year to give more time to conduct a presidential search

  • The internationalization of St. Cloud State continued when, in 1994, nearly 400 international students from more than 50 countries were in attendance, more than double from two years earlier


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