Franklin S. Harris
|Franklin S. Harris|
Harris pictured in The Banyan 1923, BYU yearbook
|President of Utah State University|
|Term||1945 – 1950|
|Predecessor||Elmer George Peterson|
|Successor||Louis Linden Madsen|
|President of Brigham Young University|
|Term||July 1921 – June 1945|
|Predecessor||George H. Brimhall|
|Successor||Howard S. McDonald|
August 29, 1884|
|Died||April 18, 1960
Salt Lake City, Utah
His administration was the longest in BYU history and saw the granting of the first master's degrees. Under his administration the school moved towards being a full university. He set up several colleges, such as the College of Fine and Performing Arts with Gerrit De Jong as the founding dean.
Harris was an agricultural scientist. He received his doctorate from Cornell University. He had served as the agriculture department head and head of the experiment station at Utah State Agricultural College and left BYU to become president of that institution.
Harris was born in Benjamin, Utah Territory, United States. In the 1890s his family moved to the Mormon colonies in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Harris did his early studies at BYU before going on to receive his doctorate from Cornell.
One of Harris's first announcements on coming to campus was a need to make BYU a center of religious scholarship and a desire to have a broad spectrum of religious books in the library. The first building built on BYU campus during Harris's administration was the Heber J. Grant building which at that point was a library. This was the first BYU building built as a library, but it soon became too small to hold all the books Harris had managed to have the University acquire.
In June 1945 Harris left BYU to assume the presidency of Utah State Agricultural College.
Other church service
In 1929 Harris was involved with founding a Jewish colony in Siberia.
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Elmer George Peterson
|President of Utah State University
Louis Linden Madsen
George H. Brimhall
| President of Brigham Young University
July 1921 – June 1945
Howard S. McDonald