- President of City University of New York, the largest urban university in the country
- former KU Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Public Services
- Internationally recognized specialist in the field of child development
- 1973: received Outstanding Educator of America Award
- Fellow to the prestigious Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford
- 1982: One of eight US scholars chosen for Distinguished Scholar Exchange Program with China
Frances Degen Horowitz, former Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies, and Public Services at KU, was not only an outstanding administrator, but also an internationally known professor of humanities. In 1991, she was named President of City University of New York.
Dr. Horowitz received her BA in Philosophy from Antioch College, M.Ed. in Elementary Education from Goucher College, and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Iowa. She came to the University of Kansas in 1960 as a guest Research Associate with the KU Bureau of Child Research. In 1961, she became a Research Associate with the BCR and an Assistant Professor of Home Economics at KU, and also performed research in the Department of Human Development and Family Life. During these years as a full-time Professor and later Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences as well, she became internationally recognized for her work as an educator and researcher. Dr. Horowitz is a specialist in the field of child development, particularly infants. Her research on infant assessment of individual differences and on current research strategies in the study of early development are highly regarded. She has published 100+ scholarly articles, held positions at all levels of professional societies, and served on the editorial/advisory board of 6 scholarly journals.
She received the Outstanding Educator of America Award in 1973, was a Ford Foundation Fellow, held teaching/research posts in Israel, and was one of eight US scholars chosen to participate in the 1982 Distinguished Scholar Exchange Program with China. She also served as a Fellow to the prestigious Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
As Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Public Services at the University of Kansas from 1978-1991, Dr. Horowitz helped to establish many new research centers, paving the way for KU to become a nationally recognized research institution. She strengthened KU’s Washington, D.C. relations program and its research patent activities. She worked to increase support for the arts and humanities and to strengthen interdisciplinary doctoral programs with the development and needed resources to do so. Dr. Horowitz was active in support of minority advancement and recruitment of minority graduate students. Del Brinkman, former Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, lauded her for her kindness, integrity, and as someone truly with “the values of the University at heart.”
Dr. Horowitz was a finalist for President at the University of Iowa and for Chancellor at the University of Colorado before finding the right fit and permanently leaving KU in 1991 to become President of the Graduate School and University Center at City University of New York in New York City. At the time, City University of New York was the largest urban university in the country with over 200,000 students enrolled. In this post, she was responsible for all doctoral programs and 19 research centers and institutes for City University of NY. On her leaving, Chancellor Gene Budig stated: “This is a well-deserved opportunity for a highly respected professional….We will miss her and her valuable insights, but we rejoice in the fact that the University of Kansas is much better today because of her many efforts over the years.