Indiana University East is mourning the loss of its second chancellor. Glenn Goerke, who was in charge of the campus from 1981-1986, passed away last month at the age of 84.
Goerke was responsible for bringing baccalaureate degrees to IU East where it had previously only offered associate degrees. His efforts led to the first degree programs for IU East including business, behavioral sciences and nursing. Goerke also gained permission for IU East to plan to build Hayes Hall which was only the second building on campus.
After he left IU East, Goerke became president of all three University of Houston campuses between 1986 and 1997. He is also the only person to have been awarded the title of president emeritus at the University of Houston’s three campuses.
“Glenn Goerke had the vision to help guide IU East to the campus it is today. He believed the campus could support four-year degree programs and brought this idea to fruition,” said Chancellor Kathryn Cruz-Uribe. “As a campus community, we extend our condolences to Glenn’s wife, Joyce, and their family.”
He is survived by his wife, Joyce, three children and seven grandchildren. Goerke was a resident of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, and Houston, Texas.
The memorial service will be held January 16 at 10:30 a.m. CT in the Bayou Building at the University of Houston-Clear Lake campus. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the Glenn and Joyce Goerke Scholarship at IU East.