Dr. Thomas E. Everhart (President Emeritus)
Served 1987–1997; Reelected 1998
As president of Caltech from 1987 to 1997, Tom Everhart oversaw the construction of the Beckman Institute, the Keck Observatory in Hawaii, the Braun Athletic Center, the Moore Laboratory of Engineering, Avery House, the Sherman Fairchild Library, as well as the successful completion of the $350 million Campaign for Caltech. He is now president emeritus and professor of electrical engineering and applied physics, emeritus.
Since retiring, Everhart has served as pro vice chancellor of Cambridge University (1998), as a member of the board of overseers of Harvard University (1999–2005; president of the board, 2004–05), as senior scientific advisor to the W. M. Keck Foundation (1997–2019), and on the boards of the Keck and Kavli Foundations.
From 1984 to 1987, Everhart served as chancellor and professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 1979 to 1984, he was the Joseph Silbert Dean of the College of Engineering and professor of electrical engineering at Cornell University, and before that he spent 20 years on the faculty of UC Berkeley. He received his AB in physics from Harvard in 1953, his MSc in applied physics from UCLA in 1955, and his PhD in engineering from the University of Cambridge in 1958.
Everhart is the recipient of numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, the IEEE Centennial and Founders Medals, the ASEE's Benjamin Garver Lamme Award, the ASEE Centennial Medallion, the Microbeam Analysis Society Presidential Science Award, UC Berkeley's Clark Kerr Award, and the Okawa Prize. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering; a fellow of the IEEE, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science; and a foreign member of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Previous Committees: Executive; Audit and Compliance; Institute and Alumni Relations; Investment; Nominating, Buildings and Grounds; Business and Finance; JPL