Betty Glad was an exceptional woman, teacher and thinker. She enjoyed a truly distinguished career as a scholar of U.S. foreign policy, the American presidency and political psychology. She was an exemplary mentor to untold numbers of students.
Betty passed away Aug. 2, 2010, at the age of 82, but her legacy lives on.
Betty graduated in 1949 magna cum laude from the University of Utah in political science. Throughout the years and across the distances, she treasured her Utonians, the old University of Utah yearbook, which feature a young Betty Glad in many capacities.
She went on to earn a Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Chicago and taught at Mount Holyoke College before moving on to the University of Illinois, where she also had visiting appointments at New York University, the Brookings Institution and Purdue. In 1989, Betty joined the University of South Carolina's political science faculty, where she was the Olin D. Johnston Professor of Political Science and Distinguished Professor Emerita at the time of her death.
Betty was an accomplished scholar and author, focusing on foreign policy in the Carter Administration and the leadership styles of six American presidents and world leaders such as Mikhail Gorbachev, Boris Yeltsin, Wilhelm deKlerk and Nelson Mandela. In 2007, Betty received the Distinguished Alumna Award from the College of Social and Behavioral Science at the University of Utah.
From Betty's planned gift of $600,000 through a bequest, an endowed fund of $500,000 in the political science department will support faculty research, expand the number of graduate assistant appointments, help bring in distinguished faculty visitors for workshops and continue an environment of learning and mentoring. The remaining $100,000 is a gift to the Department of Music in memory of her mother, Edna Jeannette Geersten Glad, to honor their shared love of music.
The thought-provoking work Betty Glad accomplished during her lifetime will continue through her planned gift to the university she enjoyed as a student. The U is indeed fortunate to have had such a friend.