Harry M. Philpott

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Harry M. Philpott
President of Auburn University
In office
Preceded by Ralph Brown Draughon
Succeeded by Hanley Funderburk
Personal details
Born (1917-05-07)May 7, 1917
Bassett, Virginia
Died January 28, 2008(2008-01-28) (aged 90)
Auburn, Alabama

Harry Melvin Philpott (May 6, 1917 – January 28, 2008) was the President of Auburn University from 1965 to 1980.[1][2][3][4]


Harry M. Philpott graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1938.[2] He served as a chaplain in the United States Navy during World War II.[2] In 1947, Philpott received a PhD from Yale University in religion and higher education.[2] From 1947 to 1952, he taught at the University of Florida,[2] and from 1952 to 1957 he served as Dean of religious life at Stephens College.[2] In addition, Harry M. Philpott was also the Vice-President of the University of Florida from 1957 to 1965, but is most known for serving as the President of Auburn University from 1965 until 1980.[2]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Ralph Brown Draughon
President of Auburn University
Succeeded by
Hanley Funderburk