Category:Presidents of the University of Oregon
Presidents of the University of Oregon (founded 1876).
Prince Lucien Campbell (1861-1925) was born in Newmarket, Missouri. In 1869, his family moved to Oregon when when his father Thomas Franklin Campbell became president of Christian College in Monmouth, Oregon. Campbell graduated from Christian College and later Harvard.
Campbell was first employed by the Kansas City Star, and in 1889, he became president of the Christian college that had become Oregon Normal School (ONS), which is now Western Oregon University. He was president of ONS until 1902 when he left to become president of the University of Oregon. He served as president of UO until 1925.
At the time of President Campbell's arrival at the UO, student enrollment stood at about 250 and an annual appropriation of $47,500 satisfied its fiscal needs. When he died in 1925, enrollment had grown to 3,000 students and the annual budget was $966,000. Leading with great personal charm and skills as an orator, Campbell focused his time and energy on building harmony between faculty members and students as well as on increasing the stature of the faculty. One of his key hires was Ellis F. Lawrence, who founded the School of Architecture and Allied Arts and radically changed the look of the campus through his design of dozens of university buildings. Campbell also used his considerable abilities of persuasion to gain legislative and popular support for increased state funding for the university.
(Sources: University of Oregon and Western Oregon University webpages)
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