David Pierpont Gardner

I'm David P. Gardner, President Emeritus of the University of California (1983-1992) and the University of Utah (1973-1983), and Professor of Higher Education Emeritus at both institutions.  Previously, I served as Vice Chancellor-Executive Assistant at UC Santa Barbara, and as UC's Vice-President for Extended Education and Public Service Programs; and subsequently as President of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, as Chairman of the Board of the J. Paul Getty Trust, and as a member of both corporate and university governing boards in the US and abroad.

I have always been interested in the governing and management principles of large-scale, complex institutions, especially universities, and the issues of leadership that pertain.  Thus, I am using the idea of leadership in such settings as the organizing framework of my website referenced to my publications, speeches, related documents and experiences.  I present them with a statement of My Guiding Principles and according to the following themes.

I.  Understanding the University's Place and Role in American Culture and Society: How the University Works--Seeing It Whole

II. Working with University Constituencies, Within and Without

III. Exercising Leadership in the Interest of the Institution

IV. Influencing K-12 and Higher Education on the National and International Scenes


A special element of the website is an annotated Professional Timeline, showing career highlights and links to chapters of my book, Earning My Degree: Memoirs of an American University President.  Those interested in my detailed accounts can gain access via the chapter titles.


Leadership in Education

Conversations in History host Harry Kreisler
speaks with David Pierpont Gardner 

A Nation at Risk cover image