image preview

Presidential tenure


Biographical Data

Personal: 1918-1992, born in Oregon, known as “Jack.”

Education: Park College, B.A. 1942, Columbia, M.A. 1943, B.D. from Union Theological Seminary, Ph.D., 1945 Columbia.

Family: Wife: Elizabeth Sloan; Children: Peggy.

Previous Employment: Taught philosophy at Columbia and Wesleyan.

After Hollins: Chancellor of the Municipal College System of the City of New York, then president of the New School for Social Research.

Other: Wrote Religion in Economics and Religion in Human Experience, among numerous other publications.

Events that took place during tenure

  • Inauguration on April 16, 1951.
  • Construction and Renovation: Faculty Row, Turner Hall, Randolph Hall, Fishburn Library, duPont Chapel, Hill Building (now library annex).
  • Academic Changes: Established a progressive new curriculum, the Hollins Abroad Paris program, visiting scholars on campus, graduate programs offered in psychology and English.
  • Vocational Guidance offered; development office and annual fund established.
  • First honorary degree was given to Mrs. Alfred I. duPont.
  • First Parent’s Day (later known as Family Weekend) established.
  • First literary festival.


College and University Presidents