Higher Ed: Mathematics, Higher Ed: Administrator
Wimberly Royster retired from the University of Kentucky as the university's first Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. He chaired the Mathematics Department in 1963, then became Director of the School of Mathematical Sciences, then Dean of the College of Sciences, followed by the Dean of the Graduate School and Vice Chancellor for Research. Under his leadership, the Mathematics Department was awarded major funding from the National Science Foundation in 1968 and that provided the impetus for one of the institution's most distinguished research and graduate education programs which continues with that reputation to this day. On a national level, Dr. Royster was President of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools, President of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States and Canada and served on numerous other boards.