Frank Rose (academic)

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Frank Rose
President of the
University of Alabama
In office
Preceded byJames H. Newman
Succeeded byF. David Mathews
Personal details
Born(1920-10-16)October 16, 1920
Meridian, Mississippi
DiedFebruary 1, 1991(1991-02-01) (aged 70)
Washington, D.C.
Alma matergraduate study, University of London; B.D., Lexington Theological Seminary; A.B. Transylvania College[1]
Professionprofessor, university president

Frank Anthony Rose (October 16, 1920 – February 1, 1991) was an American academic, formerly a president of the University of Alabama.[2]

Rose was a Meridian, Mississippi native. He earned a A.B. degree at Transylvania College, now Transylvania University, and a B.D. from Lexington Theological Seminary. Rose then attended the University of London for graduate school. In 1945, Transylvania College hired him as professor of philosophy, and in 1951, Rose became president of that institution. He was the youngest college president in the country. The United States Junior Chamber of Commerce elected Rose in 1955 as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America."[1]

In 1958, Frank Rose became president of the University of Alabama. He was a 1959 delegate to the Atlantic Congress of NATO for the United States Committee. Rose was elected to the South's Hall of Fame for the Living in 1960, and earned the 1966 Distinguished Service Key from Omicron Delta Kappa, for which he was national president. Rose served as Chairman of the Board of Visitors in 1968 for the United States Military Academy at West Point. He further served as Chairman of the Educational Advisory Committee of the Appalachian Regional Commission in 1968. On August 25, 1969, the Alabama state legislature inducted Frank Rose into the Alabama Academy of Honor.[1]

Dr. Rose's memberships included the former presidency of the Southern University Conference, chairman of the American University Field Staff Program, executive committee member of the Southern Regional Education Board, and regional chairmanship of the March of Dimes. Rose served on the National Citizen's Committee on Public Television, and advised the US Army as a member of the Advisory Panel for ROTC Affairs.[1]

Rose was awarded several honorary degrees from the University of Cincinnati, the University of Alabama, Samford University, Transylvania College, Lynchburg College, Saint Bernard College (renamed Southern Benedictine College), and the University of the Americas in Mexico City.[1] Rose died in 1991 from cancer and pneumonia, aged 70.[3]

Rose was the President of UA during a time of great change and turmoil. He was president during the desegregation of the University of Alabama, a historic event which was met with much controversy and media coverage around the country. Rose was also the president who hired Paul W. "Bear" Bryant, one of the most successful and famous college football coaches in American history.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Alabama Academy of Honor: Frank A. Rose". Archived from the original on August 18, 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-31.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. ^ Kemper, Kurt Edward (2009). College Football and American Culture in the Cold War Era. U of Illinois P. p. 123. ISBN 9780252034664. Retrieved 15 January 2013.
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