E. Gordon Gee
Elwood Gordon Gee is an American academic and is currently serving his second term as President of West Virginia University. He has served as the executive at several universities in the United States. Gee had been heading an Ohio State-based think tank following his retirement from the Ohio State presidency on July 1,2013. He retired in response to a series of controversies relating to comments he made and his resignation thus ended his second term as the president, he had previously served as president of Ohio State from 1990 to 1997. Gee has held more university presidencies than any other American, time rated Gee one of the top 10 college presidents in the United States for 2010. Gee was born and grew up in Vernal, Utah,171 miles east of Salt Lake City, the son of an oil company employee, raised a Mormon, he served a mission in Germany and Italy. Gee is an Eagle Scout and a recipient of the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award, Gee attended the University of Utah and graduated with a B. A. in history in 1968. After clerking for Justice Warren Burger, Gee accepted a position as professor and associate dean at Brigham Young University in Provo and he became dean and professor at West Virginia Universitys law school in 1979, and president of the university two years later. As president of a university at age 37, he was one of the youngest chief executives in academia at the time, after his time at WVU, Gee moved to the University of Colorado in 1985, then to Ohio State University in 1990. At Ohio State, Gee met and married his second wife Constance and he became president of Brown University in 1998. Gee was president of Brown for only two years, and his tenure was mired in controversy.3 million, Gees tumultuous tenure at Brown is commemorated annually with the E. Gordon Gee Lavatory Complex, a collection of portable toilets that appears during Spring Weekend. Gee enjoyed a relatively calm tenure at Vanderbilt compared to Brown and he was generally well liked by faculty and students, demonstrated by his high student approval ratings. In 2005, when Gees approval saw a sharp drop. During his tenure, Vanderbilt saw an increase in student applications— more than 50% in six years—and a rise in the SAT scores of incoming freshmen. Under his tenure, the university completed a $1.25 billion fundraising campaign two years ahead of schedule, additionally, Gees 2002 announcement that the administration was going to rename Confederate Memorial Hall without the word Confederate provoked a series of lawsuits. While Vanderbilts board expressed concern about Gees spending, they also strongly endorsed his successful leadership. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, he received a compensation of over $1.8 million in 2005/6. On March 11,2003, a student satirical publication at Vanderbilt, The Slant, ran a complete mock-up of The Vanderbilt Hustler, entitled The Vanderbilt Huslter, the hoax received some attention from national media, including an appearance on the Drudge Report
William Lyne Wilson
William Lyne Wilson was an American politician and lawyer from West Virginia. A Bourbon Democrat, Wilson was elected to the United States Congress in 1882 and served six terms of office, after leaving government service Wilson was named President of Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. William Lyne Wilson was born in Charles Town, Virginia on May 3,1843 and he attended Charles Town Academy, graduated from Columbian College, today part of George Washington University, from which he graduated in 1860. He subsequently studied at the University of Virginia, during the Civil War, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served as a private in the 12th Virginia Cavalry. After the war, Wilson for several years, he taught school at Columbian College during which he graduated law school. He was admitted to the bar in 1869 and opened a practice in Charles Town. He was chosen as president of West Virginia University, taking office on September 4,1882, Wilson was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1880. He was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives shortly afterwards and won five times afterwards. After leaving Congress, Wilson was appointed Postmaster General in the cabinet of President Grover Cleveland, during that time, future Secretary of War Newton D. Baker served as his private secretary. After leaving office as Postmaster General, Wilson served as president of Washington, Wilson died in Lexington, Virginia, on October 17,1900 and was interred in Edgehill Cemetery in Charles Town. A portion of U. S. Route 340 between Harpers Ferry and Charles Town, West Virginia, is designated the William L. Wilson Freeway in his honor. Pensions Appropriation Bill, Speech of Hon. William L. Wilson, of West Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Tuesday, Washington, DC, U. S. Government Printing Office,1886. The Tariff, Speech of Hon. William L. Wilson, of West Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Washington, DC, U. S. Government Printing Office,1888. The National Democratic Party, Its History, Principles, Achievements, baltimore, MD, H. L. Harvey and Co.1888. The New Trial of Popular Government, An Address Delivered before the Society of the Alumni of the University of Virginia, on Commencement Day, June 1,1891. Duties on Wool and Woolen Goods, Speech of Hon. William L. Wilson, of West Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Thursday, Washington, DC, U. S. Government Printing Office,1892. The Tariff Plank at Chicago, North American Review, vol, the Income Tax on Corporations, North American Review, vol. The Tariff, Speech of Hon. William L. Wilson, of West Virginia, in the House of Representatives, Monday and Tuesday, Washington, DC, Capital Publishing Co.1894
Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr.
Elvis Jacob Stahr Jr. was an American government official and college president and administrator. After graduating from the University of Kentucky in 1936 as a member of Sigma Chi and Pershing Rifles and he served as lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army during World War II. He returned to the University of Kentucky and became a professor and then dean of the College of Law and he served as the United States Secretary of the Army between 1961 and 1962 and served as president of Indiana University from 1962 to 1968. He was the president of the National Audubon Society from 1968 until 1981, Stahr was born in 1916 in Hickman, Kentucky to Hon. Elvis Stahr, a Fulton County, Kentucky judge and his wife Mary McDaniel Stahr. At age 16, he entered the University of Kentucky, where he achieved the highest academic average in the history of the university and he was known at Oxford as the Colonel and resisted assuming British affectations. He practiced law in New York, then studied Chinese at Yale University and he served in combat units in China during World War II as a United States Army lieutenant colonel. Stahr practiced law in New York after the war, and in 1946 married Dorothy Howland Berkfield, in 1947 he became a law professor at the University of Kentucky. He was named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Law, with University President and Justice Thurgood Marshall, he helped desegregate the law school. During the Korean War, he took a 16-month leave of absence to serve as assistant to Secretary of the Army Frank Pace Jr. In 1956, Stahr was staff director of President Dwight D. Eisenhowers Commission on Education Beyond High School. Stahr served as Secretary of the Army in 1961 and 1962, during the Berlin crisis, a major reorganization plan was launched, combat division structure was reorganized, special warfare forces community relations were expanded, and the Army was strengthened during the Berlin Crisis. Stahr also mobilized the Alabama National Guard in 1961, when the Kennedy Administration undertook desegregating of the University of Alabama, in 1962 Stahr resigned to become President of Indiana University. He was the twelfth president. Stahr retired from Indiana University in 1968, accepting the presidency of the National Audubon Society, under Stahrs leadership, the Audubon Society undertook a campaign to increase its influence and membership, which in 10 years more than quadrupled to almost 400,000. S. Tax laws to allow organizations to lobby on public policy issues. He retired from Audubon in 1981, in the years following, he practiced law in Washington, D. C. and New York, lobbying for environmental issues. He had served on corporate boards of directors, including Chase Manhattan Corp. In his life he earned more than 27 honorary degrees from colleges and universities