Frank D. Fackenthal

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Frank D. Fackenthal
Acting President of Columbia University
In office
Preceded by Nicholas Murray Butler
Succeeded by Dwight D. Eisenhower
Personal details
Born Frank Diehl Fackenthal
(1883-02-22)February 22, 1883
Hellertown, Pennsylvania
Died September 5, 1968(1968-09-05) (aged 85)

Frank Diehl Fackenthal (February 22, 1883[1] – September 5, 1968[2]) was an American educator. He was of German descent.

Fackenthal graduated from Columbia University in 1906. He served Columbia as chief clerk (1906–10), secretary (1910–37), and provost (1937–48). Between the retirement of Nicholas Murray Butler (1945) and the installation of General Dwight D. Eisenhower as president (1948), Dr. Fackenthal was acting president of the university, retaining his post as provost. After his retirement (1948) from the university he served as educational consultant to the Carnegie Corporation (1948–52) and then as president of the Columbia University Press (1953–58). His principal speeches as acting president were published as The Greater Power and Other Addresses (1949).


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Academic offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Murray Butler
as President
President of Columbia University

Succeeded by
Dwight D. Eisenhower
as President