Palo Alto University President Emeritus To Receive 2017 Tosney Award

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Dr. Allen Calvin, President Emeritus at Palo Alto University (PAU), has been named the 2017 recipient of the Tosney Award for Career Service in Higher Education by the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA). This prestigious award will be presented to Dr. Calvin for his 32 years of service during AAUA’s annual Leadership Seminar June 8-9, 2017 in New Orleans.

“The collaborations and partnerships that Dr. Calvin forged, both with other universities and businesses, but also with each individual he interacted with, are what were truly the hallmarks of his leadership,” said Dr. Maureen O’Connor, current President of PAU.

The Tosney Award for Career Service in Higher Education honors the outstanding, long-term contributions of administrators in the field of higher education.

Dr. Calvin began his service at PAU in 1984 as PAU’s second President.  Highlights of his tenure include the formation of partnership with the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University to create the Psy.D. Consortium, the development of multiple masters and undergraduate programs, the re-naming of the university from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology to Palo Alto University in 2009 and the establishment of the current, main campus of the university in Palo Alto, CA.

Prior to joining Palo Alto University, Dr. Calvin served on the faculties of Michigan State University, Hollins College, and the University of San Francisco. He was also a consulting professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. Allen graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota and received a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Texas.

Beyond his teaching and leadership, Dr. Calvin has written numerous papers, authored/edited six books and was a contributing editor to Educational Technology. He is currently a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Allen wasn’t a leader focused only on business,” said Mr. Tom Yeh, PAU Board of Trustees Member and nominator of Dr. Calvin for this award. “He was compassionate to the needs of people. The students, faculty, and staff around him mattered most.”

Palo Alto University (PAU) was founded in 1975 and is dedicated to education with an emphasis in the behavioral and social sciences.  Offering bachelor, master and doctorate degrees, PAU’s mission is to improve lives, with an emphasis on diverse cultures and serving the community. 

Contact: Helena Ting, VP of Community Development, Palo Alto University, 650-520-3451,


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