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ASU mourns passing of former provost Milt Glick


April 17, 2011

The Arizona State University community mourns the passing of Milton "Milt" Glick, former provost and executive vice president, who had served as president of the University of Nevada Reno (UNR) from 2006 until his death Saturday. According to a report in the Reno Gazette Journal, Glick, 73, died of a stroke Saturday night while out having dinner with his wife Peggy.

"Milt Glick was one of America’s great educators,” said ASU President Michael M. Crow. “He fought his entire career for all to have access to a great university and lived his life for that purpose. He helped ASU to achieve that goal with 15 years of service leadership and we are of greater service because of his leadership, intellect and drive. Milt will be missed by all of us at ASU."

During his tenure at ASU, first as senior vice president and later as executive vice president and provost, the university experienced a 20-percent increase in its freshman retention rate, a 15-percent improvement in its graduation rate, and a doubling of the number of minority students enrolled.

On  Aug. 1, 2006, Glick assumed the presidency of the UNR and his administration there was marked by an increased emphasis on student success and the creation of a more culturally diverse campus. He led the institution through a period of progress and growth despite budgetary challenges.

Before coming to ASU in the early 1990s, he served as provost, then interim president at Iowa State University and as dean of the College of Arts and Science at the University of Missouri.

Glick received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Augustana College in 1959 and six years later earned his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. After completing his postdoctoral studies at Cornell University, he joined the chemistry faculty at Wayne State University, where he taught for 17 years.

In addition to his wife Peggy, Glick is survived by his son David and daughter-in-law Jennifer and their sons Toby and Elijah; and his son Sander and daughter-in-law Laura and their daughter Nina.

Memorial services are pending.