Our History

Glenn Leggett, professor of English and provost of the University of Washington, becomes president. His term would see the campus through the tumultuous protests and revolutions of the ’60s and ’70s. He served as president emeritus from 1979–2003. 

A convocation entitled “Liberal Arts College in a World of Change” features a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. entitled “Remaining Awake through a Revolution.” He speaks to more than 4,000 people in a packed Darby Gymnasium.

Men’s and women’s hall governments merge into one body to form the Student Government Association. 

A. Richard Turner, an art historian and former dean at Middlebury College, is named president of the College.

Many dorms become coed by floor. Loose Hall experiments with coed housing by room.

George Drake ’56, professor of history and Rhodes Scholar, is named president of the College. He remains president emeritus and history professor emeritus and a popular figure on campus. 

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