Sterling M. McMurrin
Professor McMurrin joined the faculty in 1948 and retired in 1987. His distinguished career at the university includes appointments as dean of the Graduate School, provost, academic vice president, and dean of the College of Letters and Science. In addition, he has served as U.S. Commissioner of Education, chairman of the Federal Commission on Instructional Technology, and as a U.S. delegate to several international conferences on education. He has been a trustee of the Carnegie Foundation, chairman and trustee of the Tanner Foundation, and director of the Tanner Lectures on Human Values. He received the first annual Governor's Award in the Humanities.
Professor McMurrin is author or editor of 21 books and some 250 published pieces, and has been a member of the editorial boards of five journals. He holds seven honorary doctorates and is a member of several honorary societies in religion, philosophy and government. "Sterling is the consummate intellectual," writes President Chase N. Peterson, "in that he lives the life of the mind and does so with relish. To be a national commissioner, a university dean, vice president and provost - and a wonder raconteur - completes his largeness."