William W. Parsons

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William Woods Parsons
William Wood Parsons.jpg
Parsons pictured in The Orient 1921, Ball State yearbook
President of
Ball State University
In office
Succeeded by Linnaeus N. Hines
Personal details
Born (1850-05-18)May 18, 1850
Terre Haute, Indiana
Died September 28, 1925(1925-09-28) (aged 75)
Terre Haute, Indiana
Alma mater Indiana State Normal School

William Woods Parsons (May 18, 1850 – September 28, 1925) is best known as being the former president of Indiana State University and its Eastern Division, later known as Ball State University.[1]

Early life[edit]

William Wood Parsons was born in Terre Haute, Indiana on May 18, 1850 to Dr. Thomas Parsons and Elizabeth (Ryman) Parsons. In 1857, he began his education at the Vigo County Seminary, which was located on the future site of the Indiana State Normal School. He continued school there until the family moved to Douglas County, Illinois in 1862. After Parsons graduated from Tuscola High School he returned to Terre Haute in 1870 where he became a member of the first class to enter the Indiana State Normal School. After graduating in 1872 he began his teaching career which took him to Tuscola, Illinois followed by Gosport and Indianapolis, Indiana. Parsons returned to Indiana State Normal as a teacher of grammar and composition in 1876.[1]

Administrative years[edit]

In 1883, Parsons was promoted to Vice-President of Indiana State Normal School. He would become president of the institution on July 1, 1885. Parsons retired in September 1921. William Wood Parsons died in his home in Terre Haute on September 28, 1925.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Biographical Sketch" (PDF). Papers of William Wood Parson. Indiana State University. 1988. Retrieved 12 August 2009. [dead link]
Preceded by
Position created
President of Ball State University
1918 - 1921
Succeeded by
Linnaeus N. Hines