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Mercer University Presidents

William Lowndes Pickard (1914-1918)

  • Navigatepickardd the university through an unsteady market and the start of World War I 
  • Broadened the curriculum
  • Enlarged enrollment from 357 to around 1,000 students
  • Increased the endowment
  • Strengthened the Law course, making it a three-year program
  • Recommended co-education
  • Provided leadership as president of the Georgia Baptist Convention's board of education, encouraging the active participation of churches and associations in Baptist education in the state
  • During his presidency, a fire in the Administration building and subsequent water damage collapsed one of the spires
  • Quick bio: (1861-1935); A.B., A.M., D.D., LL.D.; spouse: Florence Martha Willingham (1886)

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