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Allen Calvin, President Emeritus of Palo Alto University in Palo Alto, CA posing for a photo


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Dr. Allen D. Calvin has served as President of Palo Alto University from 1984 to 2016. In 2009, the Board of Trustees voted to name the new campus of Palo Alto University the "Allen Calvin Campus."

Dr. Calvin has devoted his entire life to the study, research and teaching of psychology. He graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas. He has served on the faculties of Michigan State University, Hollins College in Virginia, and the University of San Francisco, and was a consulting professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford.

Beyond his teaching career, Dr. Calvin has served as a principal investigator on a number of grants including the Carnegie Foundation, United States Public Health Service, National Science Foundation and Social Science Research Council. He has also chaired the Board of Behavioral Research Laboratories and participated in several White House Conferences. Dr. Calvin has written numerous papers, authored/edited six books and was a contributing editor to Educational Technology. He is currently a Fellow in the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Allen Calvin speaks on his life, his experiences with MLK Jr. at De Anza birthday event.

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