Asa S. Knowles

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Asa Smallidge Knowles
3rd President of
Northeastern University
In office
Preceded byCarl Stephens Ell
Succeeded byKenneth G. Ryder
Personal details
BornJanuary 15, 1909
DiedAugust 11, 1990(1990-08-11) (aged 81)
Alma materBowdoin College, Boston University

Asa Smallidge Knowles (January 15, 1909 – August 11, 1990) was the ninth President of the University of Toledo and the third President of Northeastern University.[1] A graduate of Thayer Academy, Knowles went on to earn his AB from Bowdoin College in 1930 and his MA from Boston University a few years later. Knowles began his teaching career at Northeastern, leaving for several years to attend several administrative positions at the University of Rhode Island, the Associated Colleges of Upper New York (1946–1948), Cornell University (1948–1951), and the University of Toledo. During his time as president of Northeastern, lasting from 1959 to 1975, he expanded the physical campus and changed Northeastern's image from a "technical school" to a more professional university. Significantly, during his tenure, enrollment at Northeastern was increased from 15,000 undergraduates all the way up to 35,000, and up to 50 academic programs were added.


  1. ^ Fowler, Glenn (August 15, 1990), "Asa S. Knowles, 81, Ex-President Of Northeastern University, Dies", The New York Times, retrieved April 4, 2008

External links[edit]

The Asa S. Knowles papers, 1836–1990 (bulk 1920–1983) are located in the Northeastern University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections Department, Boston, MA.

Academic offices
Preceded by
(Interim committee)
President of the University of Toledo
Succeeded by
Preceded by 3rd President of Northeastern University
Succeeded by