Remembered for his tremendous contributions to the development of modern universities' student affairs departments and operations, he served as Dean of Students at the University of Indiana and as first president of the American Personnel and Guidance Association.
After graduating from DePauw University (where he held numerous student leadership positions), he earned advanced degrees from Columbia University's Teachers College and from New York University.
He made the initially controversial decision to ignore students' genders in the organization of student affairs departments such as financial aid, housing, and career counseling.
He met first wife, Marjorie Jane Fitch, in New York. After her death, he married Joye Coye Shaffer and settled in Florida.
He and Joseph Garcia both had high-profile careers as collegiate administrators.