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Archives, 1974 Terrapin
John W. Dorsey (b. 1936) was acting chancellor of the university from
August 1974 to June 1975.
A native Marylander, he attended the University of Maryland, graduating
with a B.S. in economics in 1958. He continued his graduate education at
the London School of Economics and Harvard University, where he received a
Ph.D. in economics in 1964.
He began teaching at College Park in 1963 and
in 1966 became the director of the Bureau of Business and Economic
From 1970 to 1977, Dorsey was the vice chancellor for
administrative affairs, after which he became the chancellor of the
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, a position he held until 1986.