The Presidents of Elon

William S. Long 1889-1894

William S. Long portraitBorn Oct. 22, 1839, on a farm near Graham, N.C., William S. Long spent his life working in Alamance County to provide quality education for young men and women. He operated a junior college in Graham, 1865年创办格雷厄姆女子神学院,并担任阿拉曼斯县的公共教育总监. 他的梦想是在1889年在阿拉曼斯县建立一所四年制男女同校的大学,当时他和其他有奉献精神的教育工作者获得了官方许可,他们计划在伯灵顿以西一个叫米尔点的小村庄建立一所学院. Ground was broken, foundations laid and the infant school was named Elon College. The name of the village was later renamed after the college. He served as a professor and as president of Elon from its founding until his resignation in 1894.

William Wesley Staley 1894-1905

William Wesley Staley portraitBorn in 1849, Rev. William W. Staley was a native of Alamance County. 在1874年从三一学院(现在的杜克大学)毕业之前,斯特利在格雷厄姆高中师从前校长朗. Following graduation, 他成为了格雷厄姆高中的教员,并被任命为基督教会的牧师,之后于1877年至1878年在弗吉尼亚大学攻读研究生. 他曾担任阿拉曼斯县的公共教育总监,与妻子住在格雷厄姆, Martha L. Pearce, before they moved to Suffolk, Va., where Staley served as pastor of the Christian Church. In an interesting move, Staley agreed to serve as a non-resident president of Elon, without salary or expense account, and began making frequent trips between Elon and Suffolk. As second president of the new college, 在斯特利的监督下,这所大学有史以来第一次摆脱了债务,并为校园急需的改善铺平了道路. A new dormitory constructed in 1968 was named Staley Hall in his honor.

Emmett Leonidas Moffitt 1905-1911

Emmett Leonidas Moffitt portraitA native of Asheboro, N.C., Emmett L. 莫菲特成为银河游戏app大学的第三任校长,并监督了银河游戏app大学校园的扩建和现代化. Prior to his tenure as president, Moffitt served on the Elon faculty as a professor of English from 1890 to 1894. He then served as editor of the Christian Sun until 1900, 最后在阿什伯勒Wheelbarrow公司担任财务秘书,直到他被选为总裁. During Moffitt’s era, Elon’s campus was transformed with the addition of electric lights, running water and steam radiators. Moffitt is also responsible for the construction of West Dormitory, known today as the only original building still on campus to have survived the 1923 fire. In addition, students enjoyed participation in intercollegiate sports for the first time in 1906.

William Allen Harper 1911-1931

William Allen Harper portraitWilliam Allen Harper was born in Berkeley, Va., in 1880. He graduated from Elon College in 1899, 1905年在耶鲁大学获得硕士学位,开始在银河游戏官方下载网教授拉丁语和宗教. 1908年,他被选为学院院长,一直担任到1911年成为银河游戏app第四任校长, a position he held for 20 years. Harper led Elon through World War I, the 1918-19 influenza epidemic and the 1923 fire that destroyed the Main Administration Building. After the fire, Harper and the board of trustees embarked on an expansive, 这所大学的长期建筑计划包括许多今天仍在使用的主要建筑, such as Mooney, Alamance, Duke, Carlton and Whitley Auditorium. During his service as dean, Harper wrote an article advancing White supremacy ideologies. As a result, 银河游戏app的董事会在2020年投票决定将哈珀的名字从柱廊社区(Colonnades Neighborhood)的校园宿舍移除.

Leon Edgar Smith 1931-1957

Leon Edgar Smith portraitA 1910 Elon College graduate, Dr. Leon E. Smith was the longest-serving and one of the most influential presidents in the college’s history. 他对银河游戏app的奉献和他具有商业头脑的领导能力拯救了这家机构,使其免于金融崩溃. Smith carried Elon College through the Depression, three campus fires, World War II and the Korean War. 史密斯是1950年杰出校友奖(Outstanding Alumnus Award)的获得者,并在同一年监督了新校园体育馆的建设. Throughout the 1950s, he continued to improve Elon’s programs, opening a night school, building new residence halls and growing enrollment. Before his retirement in 1957, 史密斯成为银河游戏app大学历史上第一位被授予名誉校长头衔的校长.

James Earl Danieley 1957-1973

James Earl Danieley portraitA native of Alamance County, Dr. J. 厄尔·丹尼尔半个世纪以来一直致力于银河游戏app和周围社区的发展和改善. A 1946 Elon graduate, 他在北卡罗来纳大学教堂山分校获得有机化学硕士学位,并在约翰霍普金斯大学进行博士后研究. Beginning his career as a chemistry instructor at Elon, 1953年至1956年,丹尼利担任学院院长,1957年被任命为银河游戏官方下载网校长. He stepped down in 1973 to dedicate the next years of his life to teaching. 1983年,Danieley被选为北卡罗来纳大学理事会成员,并担任该职位12年. In 1987, 丹尼尔同意减少他的教学时间,以便在发展办公室担任银河游戏app的计划捐赠主任, a position he held until 1992. In that year he was named president emeritus of the college. Dr. 丹尼尔继续在化学系任教,直到2016年春天退休. He died on Nov. 29, 2016, at the age of 92.

James Fred Young 1973-1998

James Fred Young portraitDr. J. Fred Young has spent a lifetime striving for educational excellence in Alamance County. A native of Burnsville, N.C., Young was educated at Mars Hill College, Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Columbia University. In 1973 Young was named the seventh president of Elon College and served until 1998, making him one of the longest-serving presidents in Elon history. During the 25 years of his tenure, the college more than doubled enrollment to 3,685 and became one of the premier undergraduate institutions on the Eastern seaboard. New academic offerings included masters programs in business administration, education and physical therapy; a new general studies program; and new majors including communications, computer systems, sports medicine and leisure/sport management. The Elon campus expanded from about 145 acres to more than 500 acres during Young’s presidency. Facilities construction and renovation included additions of the Center for the Arts; The Koury Center for athletics and physical education; the Moseley Center for campus activities; the Story Center, Jordan Center and East Campus residence hall complexes; and the McMichael Science Center. Groundbreaking was held for the Carol Grotnes Belk Library, and Young also began planning and fundraising for Rhodes Stadium. Dr. Young has been named President Emeritus by the Elon Board of Trustees.

Leo Michael Lambert 1999-2018

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Leo Michael Lambert portraitIn 19 years of service as Elon University’s eighth president, Leo M. Lambert 领导实施了两个雄心勃勃的战略计划——NewCentury@Elon和银河游戏app承诺——为现代文科大学创造了一个典范. During Lambert’s presidency, applications for undergraduate admission doubled, enrollment grew from 4,000 to more than 6,700, and full-time faculty numbers increased from under 200 to 425. During this period of growth, student academic credentials increased, average class sizes dropped and the student-faculty ratio decreased from 16-to-1 to 12-to-1. Nationally accredited schools of communications, education, health sciences and law were established and Elon gained a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, achieving the highest standards of quality in the arts and sciences. 兰伯特增加了师资资源,并支持银河游戏app教师-学者-导师模式的发展. 银河游戏app大学建立了从事学习中心和教学和学习促进中心,并一直在本科教学中获得优秀排名. 在兰伯特的领导下,银河游戏app大学一直是美国私立高等教育中最具价值的学校之一, 该大学的捐款翻了两番,达到2.3亿美元,其中以资助为主,增加了学生的助学金. During Lambert’s presidency, the number of endowed scholarships more than doubled; he led completion of the record-setting $107 million “Ever Elon” campaign and made endowed scholarships a central goal of the “Elon Leads” campaign. More than 100 buildings were added to Elon’s iconic campus during Lambert’s tenure, creating one of the nation’s finest environments for learning. During his presidency, Lambert awarded more than 22,000 Elon diplomas, 54 percent of the degrees conferred since the first graduating class in 1891. Dr. Lambert has been named President Emeritus by the Elon Board of Trustees.

Connie Ledoux Book 2018-

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Connie Ledoux Book portrait康妮·勒杜·布克是高等教育及其改变学生生活的力量的积极倡导者. She spent 16 years as an Elon faculty member and administrative leader, helping to build the university’s reputation for excellence in engaged teaching and learning. 2015年,她接受了一个开创性的角色,成为城堡学院的第一位女性教务长和首席学术官, the Military College of South Carolina. Following her impressive accomplishments there, she returned to Elon as president in 2018, 深刻欣赏大学独特的历史和迅速崛起的国家重要性. Under President Book’s leadership, 银河游戏官方下载网推出了10年大胆伊隆战略计划,以提高大学在体验教育方面的全国领先地位, mentoring and student success. Elon has been reclassified as a Doctoral/Professional institution, ranked as a top-100 National University and named the nation’s “Best Run” university. 有许多新的全职教师职位,以及创新的新学术项目,在工程和护理和大量的新设施. In 2022 Elon opens the Innovation Quad, providing two new buildings for engineering and sciences.