case western reserve university




exhibit title: Our Presidents


Robert W. Morse

President, Case Institute of Technology, 9/1/1966-6/30/1967

President, Case Western Reserve University, 7/1/1967-7/1/1971

President Robert W. Morse


B.S., Bowdoin College, Mathematics

Sc.M., Brown University, 1947, Physics

Ph.D., Brown University, 1949, Physics

Read President Morse's speech, Of Tempest and Trust (1.8 MB PDF)
Listen to President Morse's speech (23 MB, MP3 file, 26 minutes)



Officer, U.S. Navy, 1943-1946

Faculty member, Department of Physics, Brown University, 1949-1966

Chairman, Department of Physics, Brown University, 1960-1962

Dean of the College, Brown University, 1962-1964

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research and Development, U.S. Navy, 1964-1966

Professor of Physics, Case Institute of Technology and Case Western Reserve University, 1966-1971

Director of Research, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, 1971-1973

Associate Director, Senior Scientist, and Dean of Graduate Studies, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, 1973-1983

Director, Marine Policy Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Massachusetts, 1983


University Numbers
  1966/67 (CIT) 1970/71 (CWRU)
Enrollment 2,701 9,209
Number of faculty 233 1,157
Operating budget $17,449,000 $70,681,000
Operating expense $17,093,468 $69,035,000
Full time undergraduate tuition $2,000 $2,200


National Organization for Women was formed.
Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University federated.
Urban and Environmental Studies Program, the first new post-Federation undergraduate program, was established.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy were assassinated.
A successful two-year $5 million campaign for a new Law School building was started.
The first University Undergraduate Student Government was elected.
The military draft lottery was held for the first time since World War II.
The Case Western Reserve University faculty constitution was approved.   Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.
The $17 Million Capital Campaign was successfully concluded, at that time CIT’s largest fundraising effort. 1970 The first Earth Day, featuring nationwide demonstrations about environmental problems, was celebrated.
    Four students were killed and nine wounded by members of the Ohio National Guard on the campus of Kent State University.


Regional Population
Cleveland 750,879  
Cuyahoga County 1,720,835  


Caution should be taken when comparing financial data across long periods of time. Accounting practices have changed substantially during CWRU's nearly 200-year history. In compiling these numbers, we have relied on the most authoritative contemporaneous sources available.

Information was compiled by staff of the Case Western Reserve University Archives, March 2007.