Philip G. Hoffman, first chancellor of the University of Houston, dies

The man credited with the University of Houston's transition from a private institution to a state-supported university has died.
Philip Guthrie Hoffman died Wednesday at the age of 95. He served as the fifth president of the University of Houston.

U.H. Libraries Dean Dana Rooks was a colleague of Hoffman.

"First and foremost, you have the political issues in the legislature to make that happen. Just unwavering efforts to hire top-notch faculty, to build state-of-the-art facilities and buildings, to expand the degree offerings. He started a large number of the colleges."

image of Philip Guthrie Hoffman HallFriday has been proclaimed as Philip G. Hoffman day, and the University is flying the flag at half-staff in his honor. During his tunure, enrollment grew from 12-thousand in 1961 to almost 30-thousand students by 1977.

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