The cry for educational relevance in the 1960’s allowed Richard Wengenroth to successfully propose a residential arts program in New York City to a consortium of midwest liberal arts colleges. In 1968 he became the Founding Director of the Great Lakes Colleges Association Arts Program in New York. Based upon traditional principles applied to a contemporary setting, the GLCA Program, now in its 45th year, continues in robust health and has to date served more than 4,000 students. In “Coming to Our Senses”, a David Rockefeller, Jr. Panel Report on the Arts for American Education, reported “….the GLCA Arts Program has worked exceptionally well.”

After five years Wengenroth stepped away from GLCA and accepted a Professorship at the City University of New York, where he remained until leaving the academic world in 1991.