David Pierpont Gardner (born
1933) was the 17th president of the University of California and was
also the president of the University of Utah.
was born in Berkeley,
California to Reed S.
and Margaret Pierpont Gardner
in 1958. They had four daughters (Karen, Shari, Lisa,
and Marci) before Libby's death in 1991. He married Sheila S. Rogers
Gardner was an active member of The Church of
Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church) and contributed
to the Encyclopedia of
bachelors degree in political
science, history, and geography was earned at Brigham Young
University in 1955. He went on to the University of
California, Berkeley to obtain an MA in political science in 1959 and a
PhD in higher education in 1966.
He was appointed as Assistant to the Chancellor at UC Santa Barbara
(UCSB) before completing his PhD, and accepted a joint appointment
as Assistant Chancellor and Professor of Higher Education at UCSB
in 1967. He moved UCB as the Vice President for Public Service
Programs and University Dean of University Extension for UCB in
1971, then became the Vice President for Extended Academic and
Public Service Programs in the Office of the President (UC System
wide) in 1972.
left the University of California to become the president of the
Utah in 1973.
He stayed there until he returned to
the University of California in 1983 as President. His wife Libby
was named Associate to the President, and he worked with her
closely. He resigned after her death in 1991 (effective in 1992),
stating that he could not continue without her.
Gardner served as President of the William and Flora Hewlett
from 1993 to 1999. He became a professor of
educational leadership and policy in the Graduate School of
Education at the University of Utah in 2001.