About Richard W. Setzer

Richard Setzer

The Setzer Student Center is named after Dr. Richard W. Setzer, the fifth President of Lamar University.

Setzer, a professor of economics, came to Lamar in 1951 to serve as the first dean of the LU College of Business. In 1961, he was named Vice President of Academic Affairs.

In 1967. Dr. Setzer was promoted to the presidency of Lamar University after the death of former President F.L. McDonald.

A lover of sports, well-known for his mastery of golf, he was also a leader in civic and business affairs. He died suddenly in 1969 during a photo session after playing in a faculty-staff basketball game in McDonald Gymnasium. After his untimely death, the board of regents voted to rename the student union the Richard W. Setzer Student Center in his memory.