Robert Sproull served as the seventh President of the University from 1970 to 1984 and as chief executive from 1975 to 1984. A physicist, he came to Rochester from Cornell University as our provost in 1968. His administration saw the University maintain its programs and even grow in significant ways during what was generally a difficult period for American higher education.
Two very popular buildings opened during President Sproull's administration, Wilson Commons, replacing Todd Union as the student union, and Zornow Center, greatly enlarging the athletic facilities.
In 1999, Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull endowed the position of Dean of the College Faculty.