Harley Flack (1943-1998)
-- president of Wright State University 1994-98

  Harley E. Flack became the fourth president of Wright State Universityon Feb. 1, 1994, succeeding Paige Mulhollan.
  A native of Zanesville, OH, Flack holds degrees from Ohio State University and KentState University, as well as a doctorate from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
  He was a dean and professor at Howard University from 1974 to 1987, and was executive vice president at Rowan College in New Jersey when he accepted the WSU post.
  On Oct. 30, 1997 WSU officials announced Flack was taking a leave of absense to pursue treatment for cancer.
  Harley Flack died March 30, 1998.

Harley Flack's career at Wright State University

December 1993: Wright State University trustees select Harley E. Flack,provost and executive vice president of Rowan University in New Jersey,as its fourth president.

February 1994: Flack takes office.

October 1994: Flack is inaugurated and outlines an agenda for an audienceof nearly 1,500 that focuses on three areas -competence, collaborationand caring - that Flack calls "The Three-C Challenge."

March 1995: Flack asks the Ohio Highway Patrol to investigate financialdealings of the university's dean of the College of Education and HumanServices, an investigation that leads to the conviction of the dean andtwo of his faculty colleagues.

October 1995: Flack appoints John Fleischauer as provost, completing anadministrative reorganization.

September 1996: WSU wins approval from the Ohio Board of Regents toestablish a Ph.D. program in engineering with four other schools.

November 1996: After intense scrutiny from Flack and others in WSU'sadministration, longtime basketball coach Ralph Underhill is fired.

September 1997: The Enrollment Planning Council, which Flack helped tocreate, helps WSU reverse a six-year decline in enrollment.

October 1997: University officials announce Flack will take a two-monthmedical leave of absence beginning Nov. 1 to battle cancer.

February 1998: Trustees extend Flack's medical leave and express hopethat Flack will be able to resume some duties in the coming weeks.

March 29 1998: Flack dies at his home, surrounded by family.


A gifted pianist and composer, Flack serenades wife Mignon at their home in 1996.
Family: Married Mignon Flack about 1986 (the second marriage forboth). Children from his first marriage:Harley Flack II, police officer in Montgomery County, Md.;Christopher Flack, graduate assistant at Howard University; Oliver Palmer,accountant in northern Virginia; Michael Palmer. (This information as of 1996)
Education: Bachelor's degree in physical therapy from Ohio StateUniversity; master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Kent StateUniversity; doctorate in counselor education/counseling psychology from theState University of New York in Buffalo.
Before WSU: Served as assistant dean of health professions atSUNY-Buffalo; dean of Allied Health Sciences at Howard University; academicvice president of SUNY College at Old Westbury; and executive vice presidentand provost at Rowan College of New Jersey, formerly Glassboro State College.

Selected Dayton Daily News stories:

Harley Flack obituary notice
(classified ad published 4-3-1998)

1943-1998
WSU'S FLACK DIES AT 55
University president succumbs to cancer
Published: Tuesday, March 31, 1998 Page: 1A
By Mark Fisher DAYTON DAILY NEWS

ACADEMIA
WRIGHT ST. PRESIDENT HAS CANCER
* Stricken with an unspecified form of the disease, Harley Flackwill take 2 months off to explore treatments.
Published: Friday, October 31, 1997 Page: 1A
By: By Mark Fisher Dayton Daily News

WRIGHT STATE UNIVERSITY:
FLACK SHOWS HISROOTS
WSU PRESIDENT WEATHERS THREATS
* HE RELIES ON THE HONOR AND RESPECT HELEARNED IN HIS CHILDHOOD TO ENDUREFREQUENT CONTROVERSIES
Published: Sunday, May 19, 1996 Page: 1A
By: By Mark Fisher DAYTON DAILY NEWS

THE FLACK FILE
Published: Sunday, May 19, 1996

  

CHILDHOOD:
'LITTLE HARLEY' MEETS OLD PAL
* CHUCK BROCK AND FLACK COLLECTED POPBOTTLES IN ZANESVILLE
Published: Sunday, May 19, 1996 Page: 8A
By: By Mark Fisher DAYTON DAILY NEWS

WSU'S FLACK TO PERFORM AT CONFERENCE
Published: Friday, February 3, 1995

FLACK'S SERENADES SOUND SUPERB
Published: Monday, October 10, 1994 Page: 10B
By: By Dave Larson/Pop Music Critic

INAUGURATION DAY AT WSU
FLACK SHARES VISION FOR CARING WSU
Published: Saturday, October 8, 1994 Page: 1A
By: By Mark Fisher DAYTON DAILY NEWS

WSU'S FLACK HAS FAMOUS MUSICAL COUSIN
Published: Sunday, February 6, 1994

WSU NAMES OHIO NATIVE AS PRESIDENT
Published: Friday, December 3, 1993 Page: 1A
By: By Tom Beyerlein DAYTON DAILY NEWS

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File Created: 6-17-1996
Updated: 3-31-1998
Prepared by: Dayton Daily News Library staff
Sources: DDN reports