Former Edinboro President Diebold dies at age 85

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Fourteenth president of Edinboro University Foster Diebold died in Miami, Florida on April 1 following a week-long illness. Diebold, 85, was president from 1979-1996.

During his tenure, Diebold led a capital campaign – a fundraising campaign targeted at a specific cause and runs for a set amount of time – for Edinboro, the first in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, according to a university email sent out to students and employees.

Diebold was originally an English teacher in New Jersey, then eventually became an administrator at Kean University (then Newark State University). After serving as the dean of students, Diebold was a member of the Board of Regents at the University of Alaska, eventually becoming president of the university.

He came to what was then Edinboro State College in 1979, where he served the second longest tenure in university history. 

According to GoErie, Diebold is credited with increasing the university’s enrollment, upgrading buildings on campus, establishing academic relationships with universities in China and Pakistan, and initiating a commitment to students with disabilities.

In 1996, as he began retirement, the Old College Union building was renamed the Diebold Center for Performing Arts. 

His wife, Patricia, served as director of the Miller Research and Learning Center for the university. 

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