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    • James H. Case Jr.

    • James H. Case Jr.
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    • James Herbert Case, Bard's 12th president, served the college during the 1950s. He assumed the challenge of leading the college with an energy that bred high expectations, many of which were met. In 1951, the 825 acre estate Blithewood was deeded...
    • Reamer Kline

    • Reamer Kline
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    • Reamer Kline was president of Bard College from 1960 until 1974. An Episcopal priest, his presidency was marked by civility, even during the most turbulent time in America's social history. In 1963 the college purchased the Ward Manor property,...
    • Edward C. Fuller

    • Edward C. Fuller
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    • Edward Fuller was a professor of chemistry at Bard College from 1935 to 1947. In 1946 he became president of Bard College and held the position till 1950. During WWII Fuller worked on the Manhattan Project based at Columbia. As president, he...
    • Rev. George Franklin Seymour

    • Rev. George Franklin Seymour
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    • Rev. Seymour was the first president of the college. He presided over the first school year, and first commencement, but resigned soon after. Rev. Seymour had, for several years served as the missionary of Annandale and had been tutoring students...
    • Harold Mestre

    • Harold Mestre
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    • Harold Mestre, who served as the 9th president of the college, was a distinguished biophysicist appointed to the position in January of 1938. He only served for one year, dying suddenly on the second day of the fall semester of 1939. The College...
    • Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell

    • Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell
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    • Rev. Bernard Iddings Bell, the college's 7th president took the position in 1919 and resigned in 1933. His vision and energy permanently altered the physical and social geography of the college. Under his tenure, many buildings were constructed,...
    • Rev. William Cunningham Rodgers

    • Rev. William Cunningham Rodgers
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    • Rev. William Cunningham Rodgers was the sixth president of the college, serving from 1909 to 1919. In 1910 Rev. Rodgers changed the title of warden to president. Under Rodgers the campus was modernized; electricity, a sewage system and central...
    • Rev. Robert B. Fairbairn

    • Rev. Robert B. Fairbairn
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    • Rev. Robert B. Fairbairn was the third president of the college. During this time the title warden was used and he is often referred to as "The Great Warden," having served as warden from 1863 to 1898, making him the longest serving head of the...
    • Nicholas Murray Butler

    • Nicholas Murray Butler
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    • Nicholas Murray Butler was president of Columbia University when St. Stephen's College merged with Columbia. As president of Columbia University he became the official president of St. Stephen's (renamed Bard in 1934) from 1928 to 1944. The men who...
    • Donald George Tewksbury

    • Donald George Tewksbury
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    • Donald George Tewksbury was appointed dean of the college by Columbia's president, Nicholas Murray Butler in 1933. Tewksbury outlined a progressive new educational program for the college that was approved by the board of trustees. To signal these...
    • Rev. George Bailey Hopson

    • Rev. George Bailey Hopson
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    • Rev. George Bailey Hopson served as acting warden three times, 1898-1899, 1903-1904, 1907-1909, and was professor of Latin from 1863 to 1916. His expectations as a teacher were high. When students complained of not having enough time to complete...
    • Rev. Lawrence T. Cole

    • Rev. Lawrence T. Cole
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    • Rev. Lawrence T. Cole served as president from 1899 to 1903, and as trustee of the College from 1916 to 1928 and from 1933 to 1953. While Rev. Cole only served a short time as president, he was a very dedicated trustee, attending 58 meetings during...
    • Charles Harold Gray

    • Charles Harold Gray
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    • Charles Harold Gray, the college's 10th president, was a rhodes scholar and former professor at Bennington College. Under Gray, students engaged in issues of campus governance, reflected seriously on the purpose of a Bard education, and on the...
    • Rev. Thomas R. Harris

    • Rev. Thomas R. Harris
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    • Rev. Thomas R. Harris served as the fifth president of the college (1904-1907). Rev. Harris was a veteran of the Civil War, sustaining a leg injury from the war and in poor health throughout his time as president. He was a graduate of Harvard, but...
    • Rev. Thomas Richey

    • Rev. Thomas Richey
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    • Rev. Richey was the second president of the college, presiding from 1861 to 1863. During his time the first catalogue was issued, Rev. Richey writing the curriculum presented. The curriculum was revised and extended later by President Fairbairn,...

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