Frank L. McVey

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Frank L. McVey
Frank McVey.jpg
McVey pictured in The Kentuckian 1918, Kentucky yearbook
3rd President of the
University of Kentucky
In office
1917–1940
Preceded by Henry Stites Barker
Succeeded by Herman Lee Donovan
Personal details
Born (1869-11-10)November 10, 1869
Wilmington, Ohio
Died January 4, 1953(1953-01-04) (aged 83)
Fayette County, Kentucky

Frank LeRond McVey (November 10, 1869 – January 4, 1953) was an economist, educator and academic administrator. He was the fourth president of the University of North Dakota from 1909 to 1917,[1] and the third president of the University of Kentucky from 1917 to 1940.[2]

Career[edit]

Education and teaching work[edit]

An industrious man is McVey
He labors so hard night and day
Writing books, meeting classes,
Uplifting the masses,
We feel he will soon pass away.

Limerick caricaturing McVey's
ambition and energy from
the University of Minnesota yearbook

McVey was born in Wilmington, Ohio in 1869. He received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1895. He taught at Horace Mann School in New York City, Columbia Teachers College and the University of Minnesota, where he rose quickly from instructor to tenured professor in his 11 years at the University's Department of Economics.[3] In 1907 he was appointed chairman of the Minnesota Tax Commission.[3]

President of the University of North Dakota[edit]

At 39 years of age, McVey became the youngest President of the University of North Dakota in 1909. His work day started at 4AM, and he worked through noon.[3] McVey Hall, a residence hall at UND, bears his name.[4]

President of the University of Kentucky[edit]

In 1917, McVey became the President of the University of Kentucky. During his tenure, several important campus buildings were constructed, including the university's symbolic Memorial Hall, the Margaret I. King Library, the Alumni Gymnasium, and an academic building that now bears his name, McVey Hall.[5]

McVey retired in 1940 and continued to live in Lexington until his death in 1953.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frank McVey Papers". University of North Dakota. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Frank L. McVey". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Wilkins, Robert P., ed. (1983). A Century on the Northern Plains - The University of North Dakota at 100. The University of North Dakota Press. ASIN B000QJEWK4. 
  4. ^ "McVey Hall". University of North Dakota. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Campus Guide – McVey Hall". University of Kentucky. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
Preceded by
Webster Merrifield
President of the University of North Dakota
January 1909 – 1917
Succeeded by
Earl Babcock

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