Running on Empty: The Rise and Fall of Southampton College, 1963-2005

Running on Empty: The Rise and Fall of Southampton College, 1963-2005

by John A. Strong


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Running on Empty: The Rise and Fall of Southampton College, 1963-2005 by John A. Strong

Explores how Southampton College went from “the jewel in the university crown” to an “albatross around the university neck.”

Southampton College, the easternmost campus of Long Island University, opened with great promise in 1963 and closed in 2005 amidst great acrimony. Located in an idyllic environmental setting on the Atlantic shore of Long Island, it had a nationally recognized marine science program that produced an unprecedented number of Fulbright awards and an impressive number of alumni who went on to careers in prestigious universities and research centers. David Steinberg, the president of Long Island University since 1985, referred to Southampton as “the jewel in the university crown.” However, an accumulating yearly deficit led Steinberg and the Long Island Board of Trustees to view the campus as an “albatross around the university neck.” Based on extensive interviews of faculty, administrators, students, alumni, and staff, this book is both a celebration of a college beloved by those who were part of the campus community and a cautionary tale of an educational institution struggling to survive without a sufficient endowment.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781438446967
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 06/01/2013
Series: Excelsior Editions
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

John A. Strong is Professor Emeritus at Long Island University. He is the author of numerous books, including The Unkechaug Indians of Eastern Long Island: A History.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

1. Long Island University: Beginnings, Bankruptcy, and Bad Decisions

2. Southampton: A Magical Place

3. Getting Started, 1963–1973

4. LIU in Crisis: The Administration of R. Gordon Hoxie, 1964–1968

5. Drift and Uncertainty, 1968–1972

6. Great Potential amid Continuing Deficits: The Marmion Administration, 1972–1978

7. High Hopes and Hard Realities: Donald Wilson and the Merger, 1979–1985

8. A Decade to Build: The Bishop Steinberg Era Begins

9. A Decade of Treading Water, 1993–2002

10. Inventing a New College, 2002–2003

11. The Final Days, 2003–2004

12. The Long Goodbye, 2004–2005

13. Epilogue


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