A former president of Slippery Rock University has died.
Robert Aebersold of Greensboro, North Carolina died last week from medical complications.
He was hired by SRU in the late 60s as an instructor in the physical education department and as assistant football and baseball coach. His career at SRU evolved over time- he became the chair of the physical education department, then vice president of academic affairs and ultimately, university president.
Bob had previously said he didn’t fit the typical profile of a college president because he was not an intellectual, but that’s why the role suited him.
He served as president for 13 years from 1984 to 1997. During his tenure, he was instrumental in developing the university’s dance program- which was the first in the Pennsylvania state system. He also helped shepherd in SRU’s physical therapy program. The Aebersold Recreation Center was named in his honor.
Robert Aebersold was 83 years old.