Julian Ashby Burruss

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Julian Ashby Burruss
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8th President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
In office
Preceded by Joseph Dupuy Eggleston
Succeeded by John Redd Hutcheson
Personal details
Born (1876-08-16)August 16, 1876
Richmond, Virginia, U.S.
Died January 4, 1947(1947-01-04) (aged 70)
Staunton, Virginia, U.S.
Spouse(s) Rachel Cleveland Ebbert
Children 2
Alma mater Virginia Tech

Julian Ashby Burruss (August 16, 1876 – January 4, 1947[1]) was the first President of James Madison University, although at the time of his service the university was the State Normal and Industrial School for Women. His service began in 1908 and ended in 1919 when he left JMU to become the eighth President of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His tenure at Virginia Tech lasted from September 1, 1919 to July 1, 1945. Burruss was responsible for fully implementing the neogothic style of architecture at Virginia Tech. Shortly before he assumed the presidency the Old McBryde Hall had been the first building on the Virginia Tech campus to be constructed in the neogothic style using locally quarried native limestone. It had originally been planned as a brick building but native limestone was substituted when brick became unavailable due to World War I. Burruss adopted the Gothic Revival style using the native limestone now known as Hokie Stone for the many subsequent buildings constructed during his tenure giving the Virginia Tech campus the appearance seen today.


Burruss Hall, the administration building at Virginia Tech, is named for Burruss. JMU also has a building named in Burruss' honor.


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Preceded by
James Madison University President
Succeeded by
Samuel Page Duke
Preceded by
Joseph Dupuy Eggleston
1913 – 1919
Virginia Tech President
1919 – 1945
Succeeded by
John Redd Hutcheson
1945 – 1947