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Presidential tenure


Biographical Data

Personal: 1885-1966, from Botetourt County, Virginia.

Education: Hollins A.B. 1912, Radcliffe, M.A. 1916, Ph.D. 1926

Family: single

Previous Employment: Teaching positions held at Farmville State Teachers College, Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Florida State College for Women.

After Hollins: Retired to Lynchburg, Virginia.

Other: Received fellowship in international law given by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; held offices in the American Political Science Association and the American Society of International Law; served on the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors; active in the American Association of University Women.

Events that took place during tenure

  • Bessie Carter Randolph’s inaugural ceremony was held on Founder’s Day, February 21, 1934. She was the first Hollins president to have received an inaugural ceremony.
  • Centennial celebration and publication of Dorothy Vickery’s Hollins College, 1842-1942, an Historical Sketch.
  • Thanksgiving became a school holiday.
  • Construction and Renovation: Barbee, Tinker Tea House (now Cromer Bergman Alumnae House), Art Annex, planning of Turner Hall.
  • Academic Changes: Academic divisions established (Humanities, Social Science, Natural Sciences, and Fine Arts); the seminar introduced as a teaching device for seniors.
  • The Great Depression and World War II.


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