SUNY Buffalo State Oral Histories, 1975-1995
Interview with Dr. Robert W. MacVittie


Interview with Dr. Robert W. MacVittie


Robert MacVittie

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Robert MacVittie was born December 29, 1920. He received his Bachelor’s in Education from Oneonta State College and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Education from New York University. Before coming to Buffalo in 1953, Dr. MacVittie taught sixth grade at Pine Plains Central School, junior high social studies at Middletown Memorial School, and served as principal of the Montowese, Conn., Elementary School, and the Ridge Road Elementary School in North Haven, Conn.

In 1953, Dr. MacVittie became Principal of the Campus School at the State University College for Teachers at Buffalo, a post he held until 1956. During his time in Buffalo Dr. MacVittie was active with the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda schools and, in 1954 and 1955, moderated the “Live and Learn” series on WBEN-TV. He was also professor of school administration and director of elementary and secondary education at the college before serving as its dean from 1958 to 1963, when he was named President of Geneseo State.

After retiring from the Geneseo State Presidency in 1979, MacVittie became Director of Alumni Affairs at his alma mater, Oneonta State College. He served as interim President of Fredonia State College for six months in 1985, and of Geneseo State during the 1988-89 academic year. He passed away on April 22, 1997.


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Interview with Dr. Robert W. MacVittie

Interview with Dr. Robert W. MacVittie