Robert Gordon Sproul

Robert Gordon Sproul

Robert Gordon Sproul (May 22 1891 – Sept 10 1975) was eleventh President of the University of California serving from 1930 to 1958.

Sproul's outstanding contribution during his 28-year administration was the multiple-campus expansion of the University to meet the demands for higher education in widely separated parts of the state, while maintaining one institution governed by one Board of Regents and one President.

By the time he left office in 1958, University of California, Berkeley was a distinguished university recognized worldwide for the excellence of its programs. And the University of California had a total of eight campuses from Davis to Los Angeles. There is a Sproul Hall on every UC campus, saved for the recently opened and not fully built-out UC Merced, as well as the UCSF campus.

Sproul Hall and Sproul Plaza on the UC Berkeley campus, site of numerous political rallies since the 1930s, are named for him.

UC Davis's Sproul Hall is the tallest building in Yolo County at nine stories.

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