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Elisabeth Zinser

Elisabeth Zinser University President

University President
Elisabeth Zinser
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Intro University President
Is Academic administrator Educator
From United States of America
Type Academia Education
Gender female
Birth 20 February 1940
Age: 80 years
Star sign PiscesPisces
Residence Meadville, USA
MIT Sloan School of Management Master of Business Administration
Stanford University bachelor's degree
University of California, Berkeley doctorate
University of California, San Francisco master's degree
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Elisabeth Ann Zinser (born February 20, 1940) is a retired university president, most recently at Southern Oregon University (2001–06) in Ashland, Oregon. Previously she was the chancellor of the Lexington campus of the University of Kentucky (1995–2001), and the first female president of the University of Idaho, serving from 1989–95 in Moscow, Idaho.

She holds a bachelor's degree from Stanford, a master's from UCSF, and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. She also received an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Prior to Idaho, Zinser received national attention in 1988 when she was named the seventh president of Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She served for just six days, March 6–11, then resigned due to protests over her selection in what came to be known as the "Deaf President Now" protest at Gallaudet, saying that the protest was "a monumental event in the history of deaf culture." The protesters thanked her for making a graceful exit, noting that she had become an "innocent victim and an unfortunate target" of their collective anger.


A native of Meadville, Pennsylvania, Zinser is a former board member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland.

While at Idaho in 1991, she married W. Don Mackin of Moscow; the wedding was the first in the university's new arboretum. Mackin (1937–2011) was a graduate of Washington State University in nearby Pullman and a former state senator from Moscow. They were married for two decades, until he unexpectedly died in his sleep at age 73 in Ashland.

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