Gordon Pryor Eaton (1929), a native of Ohio, received the B.A. in geology fromWesleyan University in 1951. He served on the faculties of Wesleyan University (1955-59) and the University of California at Riverside (1959-67). While on academic leavefrom UC-Riverside, he served as project chief for the U.S. Geological Survey in Denver,CO from 1963-65. Upon his return, Dr. Eaton served as chair of the Department of Geosciences (1965-67). After leaving UC-Riverside, Dr. Eaton worked for the U.S.Geological Survey in several administrative and scientific positions. He returned tohigher education in 1981 as dean of the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M. In 1983,Dr. Eaton assumed the position of provost and vice president for academic affairs atTexas A&M, a position he held until his appointment as president of Iowa StateUniversity in 1986. In 1990 Dr. Eaton resigned to become director of the ColumbiaUniversity's Lamont -Doherty Geological Observatory. Middleton, Conn., and theUniversity of California, Riverside.
In 1994, Dr. Eaton was appointed by PresidentClinton as Director of the U.S. Geological Survey. He retired in 1997.During Eaton's four years at Iowa State, his administration saw greatly enhanced facultysalaries, significant increases in support for research, improvement in undergraduateeducation and establishment of ongoing strategic planning.
This collection contains biographical information, correspondence with universitydepartments, colleges and deans, correspondence with the ISU Foundation andexternal organizations, committee records, speeches, and clippings. Of special interestare folders relating to the strategic planning process (3/14-15, 3/45).
This collection is arranged in alphabetical order.3