Luther M. Smith

Luther SmithEmory College President 1867-1871
Class of 1848

  • First Emory College graduate to serve as its president
  • Graduates at the top of his Emory College class
  • Teaches languages and moral philosophy at Emory, and fosters campus religious life that emphasizes character-building qualities
  • Seeks to expand the curriculum beyond the traditional rote study of the classics and natural sciences
  • Launches a fundraising drive, aspiring to a half-million-dollar endowment; it falls short
  • Takes the Board of Trustees to task over finances
  • Voted out of office in 1871