Warren Akin Candler

Emory College President 1888-1898, Chancellor 1914-1920Warren Akin Candler
Class of 1875

  • Graduates from Emory at age 19
  • Methodist minister
  • Takes pay cut from being a church publishing house editor to become Emory president
  • Inspires Emory's "athletics for all" philosophy by opposing intercollegiate athletics and starting an intramural program
  • Raises academic standards, diversifies curriculum, and adds theology department
  • Oversees faculty salary increase, construction of the college's first free-standing library (now Candler Hall), and the enrollment of Emory's first international students
  • Resigns when elected bishop in 1898
  • Returns to be the first chancellor of the new university being founded in Atlanta, thanks to his older brother Asa Candler's million-dollar gift

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