Harvey Warren Cox

President 1920-1942Harvey Warren Cox

  • Born in Illinois to become Emory's first president not originally from the South
  • During World War I, manages Southeastern operations of the Student Army Training Corps (forerunner of ROTC)
  • Insists on balanced budgets in all the schools and declares a moratorium on building until additional endowment could support its operation
  • Moves the university hospital from downtown Atlanta to the Druid Hills campus; merges an existing school of nursing with the university, and incorporates Atlanta’s Carnegie Library training school into Emory's graduate school
  • In 1926, launches a $10 million fundraising campaign, later sunk by the Great Depression
  • Oversees construction of Emory University Hospital, Candler Library, Harris Hall, Glenn Memorial, half a dozen residence halls, and fraternity houses
  • Retires due to illness and dies two years later