Robert M. Strozier
Florida State University
|Preceded by||Albert B. Martin (acting President)|
|Succeeded by||Milton W. Carothers (acting President)|
|Born||July 20, 1906|
McRae, Georgia, United States
|Died||April 20, 1960 (aged 53)|
Chicago, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Emory University, University of Chicago, Sorbonne|
He received a bachelor's and a master's degree from Emory University in 1930 and began his educational career on the faculty of Georgia College for Men at Tifton and was later on the faculties of West Georgia College and the University of Georgia.
In 1936 he married Margaret Burnett. They had three children.
Following 1945, Strozier served as professor of romance languages and Dean of Students at the University of Chicago.
On June 27, 1957, Strozier was nominated for the presidency of Florida State University.
Strozier's appointment was necessitated due to the retirement of Doak S. Campbell, who had come to FSU in 1941 for an annual salary of $6,000. Campbell's official duties as president ended on Monday, July 1, 1957, and Albert B. Martin, FSU Vice President served as Acting President until the Florida State Board of Education approved the appointment of Strozier to begin on September 1, 1957.
Strozier's starting salary as president of FSU was $17,500 a year which included an increase of $2,500 made that year.
Strozier returned to the University of Chicago and the Sorbonne as a lecturer on several occasions. While in Chicago for a speaking engagement, Strozier suffered a heart attack and died on April 20, 1960.
At Strozier's death, Milton W. Carothers became acting president to serve until Gordon Blackwell took over the duties of president on September 16, 1960.