Nebraska Authors

Eugene Budig

AKA: Gene A. Budig

Born 1939 McCook, NE (USA)

Budig, a native of McCook, Nebraska, served as Chief of Staff for former Nebraska Governor Frank Morrison. Probably best known as the last president of the American League in Baseball, Gene Budig had a career in College Academics before he was named to the presidency of the American League in Major League Baseball. He was also part-owner of the semi-pro team The Charleston Riverdogs. Budig is the author of several books about college leadership and baseball.

Places Lived

McCook, NE
Lincoln, NE
Normal, IL
Morgantown, WV
Lawrence, KS
Princeton, NJ

Author Of

  • Biography
  • Nonfiction


Educational leadership; Sports; Biography


Bachelor of Science in Education Degree, 1962, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Masters Degree in Education 1963, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Doctorate in Education Degree, 1967, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE


Chief of Staff for Governor Frank Morrison, Nebraska
University President, University of Illinois
University President, West Virgina University
Chancellor, University of Kansas
President of the American Baseball League
Baseball team owner

Places Worked

President of Illinois State University, Normal, IL (1973-1977)
President of West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV (1977-1980)
Chancellor of the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS (1980-1984)
President of the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs (1994-1999)
Instructor, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton, NJ
Part owner, Charleston Riverdogs, a minor league baseball team
Chairman, College Ed, a national program to increase college attendance


Budig Hall, a lecture hall at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, named in his honor


American League


Governors and Higher Education. 1969.
Perceptions in Public Higher Education. 1970 (editor)
Academic Quicksand: Some Trends and Issues in Higher Education. 1973.
A Game of Uncommon Skill: Leading the Modern College and University. 2002.
The Inside Pitch ... and More. 2004.
Grasping the Ring. 2008.
Grasping the Ring II. 2009.
Swinging for the Fences: Nine Who Did It with Grit and Class. 2012.
George Norris: Going Home. with Don Walton, 2013.

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