For the character on the US TV series The Office, see Charles Miner.
|1st President of Virginia Agriculture and Mechanical College|
August 14, 1872 – December 10, 1879
|Preceded by||Position Created|
|Succeeded by||John Lee Buchanan|
|Born||December 3, 1835
Hanover County, Virginia
|Died||July 13, 1903
Albemarle County, Virginia
|Alma mater||University of Virginia|
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
Charles Landon Carter Minor (December 3, 1835 – July 13, 1903) was the first president of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College (now known as Virginia Tech), Virginia’s new land-grant institution. Minor, a native of Hanover County, Virginia, held a masters degree from the University of Virginia and had served as combat and staff officer in the Confederate Army. During the Civil War, Minor served under General Stonewall Jackson and saw action at Manassas and in battles around Richmond.
Prior to his appointment as president of VAMC he taught at Sewanee Episcopal Seminary in Tennessee. Minor had previously spent a year as president of the Maryland Agricultural College (now the University of Maryland) from 1867 to 1868.
Minor opened the doors to the new college on October 1, 1872 with three faculty members, none one of them a professor of agriculture or mechanics. By the end of the first week 29 students were enrolled. By the end of the first year 132 students were enrolled, exceeding expectations. During his presidency, Minor petitioned for, and money was appropriated for the expansion of the campus beyond the one building it had at the time, the Preston and Olin building. Minor also established a library during his term.
During a faculty meeting, the generally easygoing Minor and hot-headed Gen. James H. Lane, the professor of mathematics and foreign languages with responsibility for military training got into a fistfight. Both were convicted of disorderly conduct. Ultimately, Minor was removed from office due to the erosion of confidence in his administration.
- "The Minor Years". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Presidents of Virginia Tech". Retrieved 30 May 2016.
- "Life & Times of Virginia Tech Presidents". Office of the President of Virginia Tech. Archived from the original on 2007-03-03. Retrieved 2007-04-15.
George Washington Custis Lee
|President of the Maryland Agricultural College
1867 – 1868
|President of the Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
1872 – 1879
John Lee Buchanan
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