Robert Herring Wright
|Robert Herring Wright|
|President of the East Carolina Teachers Training School|
|Succeeded by||Leon Renfroe Meadows|
May 21, 1870|
Sampson County, North Carolina
|Died||April 25, 1934
Greenville, South Carolina
Robert Herring Wright (May 21, 1870 – April 25, 1934) was the first president of East Carolina Teachers Training School. Wright received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1897 from the University of North Carolina. He completed further education at Johns Hopkins University and Columbia University. He held many teaching posts until he was asked by Thomas Jordan Jarvis to serve as the first president in 1909. By 1920, Wright successfully lobbied the North Carolina state legislature to approve a four-year curriculum, which forced a re-charter and name change to East Carolina Teachers College. The Wright Building on the main campus at ECU is named for him. He died of a heart attack in 1934.
- Biography from Dictionary of North Carolina Biography edited by William S. Powell. Copyright (c) 1979-1996 by the University of North Carolina Press
- East Carolina University Icons Gallery profile
- Records of Robert Herring Wright's Tenure as President of East Carolina Teachers College, 1907-1934. UA02-01. University Archives, East Carolina University.
- Wright Building History from ECU Archives
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