Robert William MacVicar, B.S. M.A., Ph.D. (July 1, 1970–November 16, 1984), appointed by the Oregon State Board of Higher Education as the eleventh president of Oregon State University. MacVicar came to OSU from Southern Illinois University where he had been a vice president and chancellor since 1964. MacVicar retired in 1984. President Emeritus, 1984–1998.

First Vice President position established – Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies (Roy A. Young, 1970-1976).

Nash Hall completed.

Enrollment: 15,509.

Population in Corvallis: 35,153; in Benton County: 53,776; in Oregon: 2,091,385.


Dean of Undergraduate Studies office established. Administrative Services Building, Peavy Hall, Oceanography Shop Facilities, and Kerr Library addition all completed.


OSU celebrated 100 years of military instruction.

The Department of Oceanography became the School of Oceanography.

Dr. Harold J. Evans elected to the National Academy of Science – the first from Oregon State University.

Environmental Remote Sensing Application Laboratory established.

OSU Horse Center dedicated in October.

Arnold Dining Center and Bloss Hall (residence hall) constructed.

The Chicano Student Union established.

The Women's Center established.


University Exploratory Studies (UESP) established.

School of Science redesignated as the College of Science, and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences designated as the College of Liberal Arts.

Survey Research Center established.

Comprehensive out-of-state recruiting program developed in the Admissions Office.

Native American Longhouse opened.

Marine Science Center facilities expanded (Newport) and Wilkinson Hall completed.

Black and white photograph of Robert William MacVicar touring the state of Oregon.

Robert MacVicar on a tour of Oregon, 1970

Nash Hall, 1970

Nash Hall, 1970