William Preston Few
William Preston Few
Few pictured in The Chanticleer 1912, Duke yearbook
|President of Duke University|
|Preceded by||John Carlisle Kilgo|
|Succeeded by||Robert Lee Flowers|
|Born||December 29, 1867|
Greenville County, South Carolina
|Died||October 16, 1940 (aged 72)|
Durham, North Carolina
William Preston Few (December 29, 1867 – October 16, 1940) was the first president of Duke University and the fifth president of its predecessor, Trinity College.
In 1924, Few presided over the transformation of Trinity College into Duke University, and was president of the renamed university until his death in 1940. During his 30 years as president, Few oversaw an expansion of the institution that is difficult to compare in modern terms. He worked with James B. Duke to make The Duke Endowment a reality and led the school’s growth from a college of 363 students and 32 faculty in 1910 to a university consisting of nine schools, 3,716 students, and 476 faculty. Much of the growth occurred during the Great Depression, which brought hard financial times to most universities. He died of coronary thrombosis in 1940.
Few died on October 16, 1940.
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