Charles W. Cole

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Charles Woolsey Cole (February 8, 1906 – February 20, 1978)[1] was the twelfth president of Amherst College from 1946 to 1960. Cole was also involved with the Committee on the National Security Organization, American Cancer Society, U.S. Air Force, Merrill Foundation for the Advancement of Financial Knowledge, Educational Testing Service, and Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association.[2]

Charles W. Cole attended Amherst College and was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Sigma chapter).

Cole received his masters and Ph.D. from Columbia University. He was then a history professor at Columbia. From 1961-1964 he was United States Ambassador to Chile.


  1. ^ New General Catalog of Old Books and Authors
  2. ^ Charles W. Cole Papers Archived September 26, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., Amherst College Archives and Special Collections.
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Robert F. Woodward
United States Ambassador to Chile
Succeeded by
Ralph A. Dungan
Academic offices
Preceded by
Stanley King
President of Amherst College
Succeeded by
Calvin Plimpton