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Chancellors

Rising Son

February 23, 1948

At the age of 32, Dr. Franklin D. Murphy – a son both of KU and of a Medical School “founding father” – agrees to become dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, the youngest man in the nation to hold such an office.

State Of Confusion

January 13, 1925

After having been fired less than 3 weeks earlier by outgoing Kansas Gov. Jonathan Davis, Chancellor Lindley is formally reinstated at the behest of new governor, Ben Paulen.

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.

Keeping Beauty

August 5, 1997

KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway adds the final touches to the University’s campus plan.

Budig At The Bat

August 1, 1994

Team owners of Major League Baseball announce that they have chosen KU Chancellor Gene A. Budig to become the seventh president of the American League.

Murphy’s Loss

March 18, 1960

Nearly 4,000 students pack Hoch Auditorium to protest the resignation of KU Chancellor Franklin Murphy following a long-simmering conflict with Kansas Governor George Docking.

“The Country And Our State Are Looking To Us”

July 1, 1952

Pharmacology professor Dr. W. Clarke Wescoe becomes dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine and director of the KU Medical Center, ushering in a period of “momentous change and daring innovation” at 39th and Rainbow Boulevard.

The Chancellor Of Firsts

September 22, 1939

Deane W. Malott is inaugurated as KU’s eighth chancellor, becoming the first alumnus and native Kansan to lead the University.

Chancellor Strong’s About-Face

May 4, 1917

Shortly after the United States formally enters the First World War, KU Chancellor Frank Strong speaks on “Mobilization at the University” before the National Council of Defense in Washington, DC.

Say You Want An Evolution

January 30, 1894

KU Chancellor Francis H. Snow announces that he will give a series of University Extension lectures on evolution, a move that provokes much criticism from local religious leaders.

Driven Snow

April 11, 1890

The Kansas Board of Regents elects natural science professor Francis H. Snow the University’s fifth chancellor.

Marvin’s Gardens

March 29, 1878

Chancellor James Marvin leads the first concerted “campus beautification” campaign at KU, a joint student-faculty effort on Arbor Day that culminates in the planting of more than 300 trees on Mount Oread and sets the stage for the development of present-day Marvin Grove.

Go Your Own Way

June 16, 1875

KU Chancellor James Marvin gives his inaugural address, urging American universities to chart a different educational course from their European counterparts.