Charles E. Glasser ’61
B.A., Denison University
M.A., University of Illinois
J.D., John F. Kennedy University
Citation awarded June, 1995
Charles E. Glasser is president of John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California, a position he has held since 1990. He has been involved with the school, however, for 22 years. He was one of the first eight graduates to earn the J.D. degree from the School of Law in 1970, and he has been a professor, dean of the law school, and member of the board of regents.
The author of The Quest for Peace: An Overview of Jewish History and the Arab-Israeli Conflict, Charlie holds the M.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois. Prior to accepting the position of dean at John F. Kennedy, he practiced law with the firm Hineser, Spellberg & Glasser, where he specialized in litigation, civil and criminal defense.
During his tenure as dean at JFK, Charlie was instrumental in achieving the University’s accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Committee of Bar Examiners of the State Bar of California. He has been a major force in the growth of the University and the enhancement of its academic reputation.
JFK University serves adult students at the undergraduate and graduate level with schools of law, management, psychology, holistic studies, and the liberal arts, including education and museum studies. The University is well-known for integrating its academic programs with community service.
Charlie has served Denison as a Career Advisor and as a volunteer for the Annual Fund. He and his wife, Hannah, have two young children.