Clarence Addison Dykstra

Clarence Addison Dykstra (February 25, 1883 - May 6, 1950) was a U.S. administrator.[1] He served as the first City Manager in the US in Cincinnati, Ohio after teaching government at the University of Chicago. He then became Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin (1937–45) as well as director of the Selective Service System between 1940 and 1941. He then became Provost of UCLA from 1945-1950.

He also served as the Efficiency Director of the City's Department of Water and Power for Los Angeles before World War II. He argued that the city needed to be further decentralized by expanding highways and creating suburban communities.

During World War II, he was appointed by President Roosevelt to chair an 11-member Defense Mediation Board, in an effort to settle wartime labor disputes.[2]

He was also the Director of the Selective Service System.

Clarence Dykstra was also the first to advocate student housing at UCLA. Dykstra Hall, which opened in 1959, was the first structure in UCLA's current undergraduate residential community. It was also the first co-ed residence hall in the country.[3]


  1. Clarence Dykstra
  2. Rossevelt Establishes This 11-Man Defense Mediation Board Evening Courier. March 24, 1941.
  3. "Dykstra Hall". UCLA Office of Residential Life. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
Academic offices
Preceded by
George Sellery
Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison
1937 - 1945
Succeeded by
Edwin Broun Fred
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
Harold W. Dodds
President of the National Municipal League
1937 – 1940
Succeeded by
John G. Winant

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