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He was the University’s second president (1929-35). He resigned Sept. 30, 1935, because of poor health. Later, until his death in 1954, he served for many years in the Kentucky Department of Economic Security at Frankfort. During his presidency, he was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to a committee to study education in Germany when Hitler was in power. A platform orator and extemporaneous debater, he was one of two major builders of the “crescent moon” original campus.

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