Howard S. McDonald
|Howard S. McDonald|
McDonald pictured in The Banyan 1946, BYU yearbook
|President of Brigham Young University|
|Term||July 1945 – October 1949|
|Predecessor||Franklin S. Harris|
|Successor||Ernest L. Wilkinson|
July 18, 1894|
|Died||October 25, 1986
Los Alamitos, California
Howard Stevenson McDonald (July 18, 1894 – October 25, 1986) was President of Brigham Young University (BYU), Los Angeles State College (now known as California State University, Los Angeles), San Fernando State College (now known as California State University, Northridge), and Los Angeles City College.
McDonald was born in Holladay, Utah. He served as a missionary in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in the Eastern States Mission, which was headquartered in New York City. He spent part of his mission as president of the Western Pennsylvania Conference headquartered in Pittsburgh. While serving in this area he met Ella Gibbs, a young lady serving as a missionary who was the first Relief society president in Pittsburgh. Ella was later transferred to Baltimore.
After he returned from his mission McDonald sought out Ella Gibbs and they began courting. Howard and Ella married in the Salt Lake Temple on 26 September 1917. They had two daughters. Their first daughter Ruth was born while McDonald was serving in France as part of the United States Army during World War I.
McDonald graduated from Utah State Agricultural College in 1921, where he also taught. He later taught in San Francisco public schools, and in 1925 he received his M.A. from the University of California. Several years later he completed a Doctorate of Education also from the University of California. In 1952 he received a Doctor of Humanities.
When McDonald became president of BYU, enrollment more than doubled in the winter and fall semesters. His administration was able to get many temporary buildings that housed the huge influx of students, and they began to build permanent buildings to replace them, an endeavor done more by his successor, Ernest L. Wilkinson.
In 1949, McDonald left BYU to become president of Los Angeles City College. He helped found San Fernando State College now known as California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 1951, and became president of Los Angeles State College now known as California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) in 1962.
- Bergera, Gary James; Priddis, Ronald (1985). "Chapter 1: Growth & Development". Brigham Young University: A House of Faith. Salt Lake City: Signature Books. ISBN 0-941214-34-6. OCLC 12963965.
- "Howard S. McDonald, ca. 1945". BYU Campus Photographs. Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- Wilkonson, Ernest L., ed., Brigham Young University: The First 100 Years. (Provo: Brigham Young University Press, 1975) Vol. 4, p. 463.
- "LDS Scene". Ensign: 79–80. February 1987. Retrieved 2009-06-02.
- Wilkinson. Brigham Young University Vol. 4, p. 463
Franklin S. Harris
| President of Brigham Young University
July 1945 – October 1949
Ernest L. Wilkinson