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March 12, 1990
Lattie Coor Biography Page
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On January 1, 1990, Dr. Lattie F. Coor, Jr., a native Arizonan, became 15th in
the institution's succession of principals and presidents. In his inaugural
address he highlighted undergraduate education, research, cultural diversity,
and economic development as the "four pillars" of the university's agenda. Dr.
Coor has taken major steps in these areas by further defining the role of ASU
West and by initiating the establishment of ASU East.
During his tenure, ASU was
named a Research I university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of
Teaching in early 1994. This high status has enabled the university to achieve
major support for research projects and
for educating future scientists.
President Coor shaped the university into an academic powerhouse and realized his
vision for ASU as a world-class research university comprising excellent
students, faculty, and staff. President Coor's impact is reflected by the
enthusiasm with which the alumni, community, and state have supported the
university's Campaign for Leadership - the largest fund-raising effort in
state history. Total gifts have exceeded $400 million.
President Coor's vision
for the next 10 years is of an Arizona State University more highly regarded
in traditional measures with the capacity to adapt to change quickly.
"We can't predict what the world will look like," he said. "What we can do is
be poised to move as the demand moves. We will have a much more fully developed
organizational capacity to deal with change." It is clear that Arizona State
University, under the leadership, guidance and administration of President
Lattie F. Coor, Jr., is on the move, and the sky is the limit.
For more information about President Coor, please visit the Lattie Coor
or the Office of the President at