George Foster Pierce

President 1848-1854George Foster Pierce

  • The only college graduate among Methodist Georgia Conference ministers when he is ordained in 1831
  • Campaigns statewide to raise endowment and operating funds for deeply indebted college
  • College dedicates its first building not made of wood in 1853; the building costs $15,000 and the endowment totals $12,000
  • Elected as bishop in 1854
  • Continues to raise funds for buildings that still stand at Oxford, including Language Hall (1874), the Chapel (1875), and Humanities Hall (1875)