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University of Arizona

History

Located in Tucson, Ariz., The University of Arizona is one of the leading public research universities in the United States. Founded in 1885 as the state's land-grant university — nearly three decades before Arizona became a state — the thirteenth territorial legislature approved $25,000 for building The University of Arizona. The first classes convened in 1891, when 32 students and six teachers met in the original building now known as Old Main, on 40 acres of land.

Thirty-two students enrolled for the first semester but only six were admitted to the freshman class. The rest went to a specially established prep school. The problem was there were no high schools in the territory. It took seventeen years for university students to outnumber those in the prep classes. The University maintained the preparatory classes for twenty-three years.

The University developed in accordance with the Act of Congress of July 2, 1862, known as the Morrill Act. This legislation created the land-grant colleges and enabled the institution to obtain federal funds for its original schools of agriculture and mines.

The 40-acre Tucson campus of the 1890s has grown to multiple campuses spanning Tucson, Sierra Vista and Phoenix. Its purpose remains, in the language of the original law, "to provide the inhabitants of this state with the means of acquiring a thorough knowledge of the various branches of literature, science, and the arts," and, insofar as possible, to provide a technical education adapted to the development of the resources specific to Arizona.

The University is maintained by funds appropriated by the State of Arizona and the United States government, by fees, and by gifts and grants from many sources.


Become a Student

Student Information

UA Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 210073
Tucson, AZ 85721-0073

Physical Address:
1200 E. University Blvd.
Tucson, AZ 85721

Phone: (520) 621-3237
FAX: (520) 621-9799

Phoenix Office:
714 E. Van Buren Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006-3364

Phone: (602) 827-2277
FAX: (602) 827-2183

Website: http://www.arizona.edu/future-students


Alumni

Student Information

Street Address:
The University of Arizona Alumni Association
1111 N. Cherry Ave.
Tucson, Arizona
Phone: (520) 621-7576
Toll Free: 800-232-8278
E-Mail: alumni@al.arizona.edu
FAX: (520) 621-9030

Mailing Address:
The University of Arizona Alumni Association
Marvin D. “Swede” Johnson Building
P.O. Box 210109
Tucson, AZ 85721-0109

 


UA Presidents

1890-1894

Dean & Director*
   
Frank Arthur Gulley

 

Served: 1890-1894
Born: 1850, Dearborn, Mich.
Died: 1939, Dearborn, Mich.

* Dean of the School of Agriculture
Director of the Agriculture Experiment Station

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Gulley issued the University's first three bulletins on agriculture, which included information about research at the University.

Frank Arthur Gulley
   
     

1894-1895

1st President
   
Theodore B. Comstock

 

Served: 1894-1895
Born: 1849, Ohio
Died: 1915, Los Angeles, Calif.

Comstock was an explorer, miner and engineer

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During his term, the first printed forms for grade reports were developed.

Theodore B. Comstock
   
     

1895-1897

2nd President
   
Howard Billman

 

Served: 1895-1897
Born: Ohio
Died: 1928, East St. Louis

There was no graduating class at the University in 1896, but Billman did hold commencement exercises for students completing the preparatory course.

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On Memorial Day in 1897, diplomas were presented to three graduates. Shortly after graduation, Billman resigned and returned to the ministry. He was a pastor from 1904-1911 in East St. Louis, where he died in 1928.

Howard Billman
   
     

1897-1901

3rd President
   
Millard Mayhew Parker

 

Served: 1897-1901
Born: Maine
Died: 1928, Pasadena, Calif., Age: 78

In 1901, the Board of Regents re-employed Parker for another term with a $400 salary increase. But in short order, Chancellor William Herring asked for his resignation with charges of improper conduct toward “certain female instructors.” The charges were never substantiated.

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Parker obtained funding from the Legislature for a new men’s dormitory, South Hall, and a joint manual training/assay building.

Millard Mayhew Parker
   
     

1901-1903

4th President
   
Frank Yale Adams

 

Served: 1901-1903
Born: 1867, New York State
Died: 1919, Calif., Age: 52

When Millard Parker resigned from the presidency, the Arizona Board of Regents made Adams acting president. Students petitioned in his favor and the regents responded by selecting him to be the fourth president of the University.

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Adams’ most notable achievements during his presidential term were the implementation of an electrical lighting system to replace coal oil lamps on campus and the construction of a dining hall.

Frank Yale Adams
   
     

1903-1910

5th President
   
Kendrick Charles Babcock

 

Served: 1903-1910
Born: New York State
Died: 1932, Illinois

Babcock’s presidency began with the first formal inauguration of a president at the University. The ceremony was held at the Tucson Opera House with the governor, the Board of Regents, many state officials and members of the local business community in attendance.

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One of Babcock's most outstanding appointments was Andrew Ellicott Douglass to teach physics in 1906. Douglass went on to establish the department of astronomy and founded dendochronology, the science of tree-ring dating.

Kendrick Charles Babcock
   
     

1910-1911

Acting President
   
Andrew Ellicott Douglass

 

Served: 1910-1911
Born: July 5, 1867, Windsor, Vt
Died: 1962, Age: 94

Douglass served as acting president at the University of Arizona for three months from Dec. 20, 1910, to March 10, 1911, between the presidential terms of Kendrick Babcock and Arthur Wilde.

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From 1894 through 1901, Douglass was an assistant astronomer and sometime acting director for the Lowell Observatory. He remained in Flagstaff until 1906. He and his wife, Ida Whittington, a music teacher, then moved to Tucson, where he joined the faculty at the UA as a professor of physics and astronomy.

Andrew Ellicott Douglass
   
     

1911-1914

6th President
   
Arthur Herbert Wilde

 

Served: 1911-1914
Born: 1865, Saxonville, Mass.
Died: Jan. 7, 1944, Mass.

Wilde expanded the university’s extension program to include lectures by faculty other than experiment station staff. He also established courses in home economics and bacteriology.

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Wilde obtained funds to construct a new men’s dormitory, Arizona Hall, which was completed in the spring of 1913. The dorm was named in honor of Arizona’s 1912 admission into statehood.

Arthur Herbert Wilde
   
     

1914-1921

7th President
   
Rufus Bernard von Kleinsmid

 

Served: 1914-1921
Born: 1875, Sandwich, Ill.
Died: 1964, Calif. Age: 89

One of the famous events to happen during von KleinSmid’s time at the university was the building of the A on “A” Mountain.

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During von KleinSmid’s administration, enrollment increased from 451 to 1,732. He established the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, which later became the College of Liberal Arts

Rufus Bernard von Kleinsmid
   
     

1922

Acting President
   
Francis Cummins Lockwood

 

Served: 1922
Born: 1864, Mount Erie, Ill.
Died: 1948, Tucson, Ariz. Age: 83

In April 1922, Lockwood was made acting president.

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He was a professor of English, director of the Extension Division, dean of men, and dean of the College of Liberal Arts, as well as acting president.

Francis Cummins Lockwood
   
     

1922-1927

8th President
   
Cloyd Heck Marvin

 

Served: 1922-1927
Born:
Died: Age: 79

Marvin was seen as dictatorial, rarely consulting with others about changes he made such as recommending cutting back the university's departments from 49 to 28. In 1924 the university received full accreditation from the Association of American Universities under his tenure.

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In 1922, a University polo team formed and two years later it became the first university team to be invited to participate in a national athletic championship.

Cloyd Heck Marvin
   
     

1927-1928

9th President
   
Byron Cummings

 

Served: 1927-1928
Born:
Died: 1954, Tucson, Ariz. Age: 93

After his successor joined the university in June 1928, Cummings returned to the department of archaeology, the directorship of the Arizona State Museum, undertook expeditions and became the acknowledged dean of Southwestern archaeologists.

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Cummings came to the University in 1915 to serve as professor and head of the department of archaeology. He became director of the Arizona State Museum, which had been created by territorial law in 1893.

Byron Cummings
   
     

1928-1936

10th President
   
Homer LeRoy Shantz

 

Served: 1928-1936
Born: 1876, Kent County, Mich.
Died: 1958

Shantz’s presidency began just before the Great Depression in 1929. Despite financial difficulties, Shantz was committed to moving the university forward. The College of Law was accredited and many new academic programs began during his tenure.

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Shantz submitted his resignation in the spring of 1936 after a long battle with the Legislature and the Board of Regents. After leaving the presidency he directed the U.S. Forest Service’s Division of Wildlife Management.

Homer LeRoy Shantz
   
     

1936-1937

11th President
   
Paul Steere Burgess

 

Served: 1936-1937
Born: Providence, R.I.
Died: 1968, Kingston, R.I. Age: 82

Burgess, dean of the College of Agriculture, agreed to serve in a temporary role as acting president of the University of Arizona upon Homer L. Shantz resignation. By October, no replacement had been selected, so the Board of Regents appointed Burgess to be the eleventh university president. He accepted the position but expressed an adamant desire to return to the deanship.

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Burgess was viewed as being fair-minded in dealing with problems of faculty unrest over depression-era salary cuts, student protests over compulsory ROTC, and an investigation by a committee of the American Association of University Professors over academic tenure.

Paul Steere Burgess
   
     

1937-1947

12th President
   
Alfred Atkinson

 

Served: 1937-1947
Born: 1879, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 16, 1958, Tucson, Ariz.

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, campus life changed. Courses and specialized training programs were offered to support the war effort, including classes in noncollege vocational skills to meet the demands of factories. A naval training school was established. By the time the war ended, 11,000 troops had been trained on campus.

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Atkinson's annual salary of $10,000 remained the same until his tenth and final year at the University, when it rose to $11,025.

Alfred Atkinson
   
     

1947-1951

13th President
   
James Byron McCormick

 

Served: 1947-1951
Born: Feb. 28, 1895, Illinois
Died: 1970, Tucson, Ariz.

As president, McCormick faced enrollment increases and inadequate facilities to handle the additional students. Servicemen flocked to the university after World War II and, desperate for classroom and office space, the administration accepted the government’s offer of surplus temporary dwelling units.

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Milestones during his term include the creation of the School of Pharmacy in 1947 and the first faculty/staff retirement system to name a few.

James Byron McCormick
   
     

1951-1971

14th President
   
Richard Anderson Harvill

 

Served: 1951-1971
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Richard Anderson Harvill
   
     

1971-1982

15th President
   
John Paul Schaefer

 

Served: 1971-1982
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John Paul Schaefer
   
     

1982-1991

16th President
   
Henry Koffler

 

Served: 1982-1991
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Henry Koffler
   
     

1991-1997

17th President
   
Manuel Trinidad Pacheco

 

Served: 1991-1997
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Manuel Trinidad Pacheco
   
     

1997

Acting President
   
Paul Sypherd

 

Served: 1997
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Paul Sypherd
   
     

1997-2006

18th President
   
Peter Likins

 

Served: 1997-2006
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Peter Likins
   
     

2006-2011

19th President
   
Robert N. Shelton

 

Served: 2006-2011
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Robert N. Shelton
   
     

2011-2012

20th President
   
Eugene G. Sander

 

Served: 2011-2012
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Eugene G. Sander
   
     

2012-Present

21st President
   
Ann Weaver Hart

 

Served: 1912-present
Born:

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