SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with former President D. Bruce Johnstone, 1979-1988


Interview with former President D. Bruce Johnstone, 1979-1988



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Dr. D. Bruce Johnstone received his B.A. in Economics from Harvard College in 1963, M.A. in Social Science Education from Harvard University Graduate School of Education the following year, and his Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Minnesota in 1969.

D. Bruce Johnstone taught Economics and History in Westport, Connecticut from 1964-1966. While he was pursuing his Ph.D. he was Assistant Director for the University of Minnesota Center for Economic Education. In 1969, he became Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Walter Mondale, a post he held until 1971. In 1971, Dr. Johnstone became Project Specialist at the Ford Foundation. After leaving the Ford Foundation, he went to the University of Pennsylvania where he held a few jobs including Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, Vice President for Administration and Executive Assistant to the president.

In 1979, Dr. Johnstone became president of the State University College at Buffalo. During his tenure as president, he was responsible for bringing the archives of the Courier-Express Newspaper to the College’s Archives & Special Collections Department in the E. H. Butler Library. He held that post until 1988 when he became SUNY Chancellor. Dr. Johnstone was chancellor until 1996. From 1995-2006 he taught courses in higher education finance, governance, curriculum, and international comparative higher education at the University at Buffalo.


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Interview with former President D. Bruce Johnstone, 1979-1988

Interview with former President D. Bruce Johnstone, 1979-1988