Robert L. Gluckstern (1924-2008), was chancellor of the university from
June 1975 to June 1982.
Gluckstern received a B.S. in electrical engineering at the City College
of New York in 1944. In 1948, he received his Ph.D. in physics at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to being named chancellor in 1975, Gluckstern was the vice
chancellor for academic affairs and provost at the University of
Massachusetts, Amherst, where he had been a professor since 1964. In his
seven-year tenure as chancellor at the University of Maryland, Gluckstern
worked to upgrade the academic quality of the campus by raising entrance
standards. He also established scholarship programs that served as models elsewhere in the state, including the Banneker minority
scholarship. He resigned in 1982 because of a strong desire to return to
full-time teaching and research as a physicist.