Arthur Hollis Edens
President, Duke University
1928C 1938G 1949H
Arthur Hollins Edens served as president of Duke University from 1949 to 1960.
Edens attended Emory, earning an undergraduate and a master's degree, and he continued his graduate education at Harvard. Early in his career, Edens worked as a teacher and administrator at the Cumberland Mountain School and at Emory where he was dean of administration. In 1947, he became vice chancellor of the University System of Georgia and a year later was appointed associate director of the General Education Board of the Rockefeller Foundation.
During this presidency at Duke, Edens launched a capital gifts program and development campaign, allowing Duke to strengthen its endowment and experience a period of great growth: the Duke University Union opened, academic units emerged, and endowed professorships were established.