The University enjoyed spectacular improvements in the physical plant. More than $60
million dollars of capital
construction projects were completed in Arbuckle's tenure...
Dr. Robert D. Arbuckle became the University’s fourth president on August 1, 1992.
Before his move to the Sault, Arbuckle was the chief executive officer at the New Kensington Campus of the Pennsylvania
State University System.
Under Dr. Arbuckle's leadership, several academic programs were expanded including a
move from engineering technology to a full engineering program. LSSU reemphasized its commitment to the EUP through the
Great Lakes Academy. A full 10-year approval for accreditation was issued. The initiatives are many, and the
successes testify to his energy and forge ahead attitudes.
The Pennsylvania native was the driving force in reestablishing the Alumni Association
and in hiring the University's first full-time alumni director in 1993. More than one-third of all LSSU alumni graduated
during his term as president. In his 10 years as president, giving to the University has grown from less than $200,000
a year to more than $2 million dollars.
Arbuckle retired on July 1, 2002, having established a reputation as a man of action.
More importantly, this man, known as the "Student's President" touched many lives and left a lasting stamp on this
Graduate School Bound ...
"I've been accepted to Montana Tech's graduate school to pursue a master's degree in geophysical engineering. I have also accepted a full-funded graduate research assistantship to work with the Montana National Guard on developing magnetic techniques to detect unexploded ordinance. My summer internship with Geolex, a company under contract with the Guard, will study acquiring data, performing analysis, and offering interpretation on unexploded ordinance." [ more ]