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Charles Emerson stands facing a window. There is a small desk and bookcase beside him, a chair behind him, and a portrait hanging on the wall.

1890 - 1899

Charles Emerson seated, white shirt sleeves protrude through his jacket sleeves. Window behind him.

1890 - 1899

Dark photo of the creek.

1890 - 1899

1890 - 1899

Brightly sunlight photo of the creek.

1890 - 1899

Photo portrait of Wanda Bigham.

1986-05

Ms. Bingham, seated in high back cushioned chair.

1986-05

Photo portrait of Wanda Bigham.

1986-05

Ms. Bigham, outdoors, holding an open box. Inside a large cookie or cake with icing that reads, "Congratulations President Bigham."

1986-05

Photo portrait of Wanda Bigham.

1986-05

1986-05-11

1986-05-11

2011

Charles Emerson stands next to the columned porch with a top hat in his hand.

1890 - 1899

There is a bookcase behind Dr. Emerson and a plant beside him.

1890 - 1899

1986-05-11

Informal photo of President Chapin in an office with a row of windows behind him. Chapin sits sideways with his arm hanging over the settee. In his right hand he holds what appears to be a pipe for smoking. Richard Chapin was a graduate of Harvard College and received his MBA from Harvard as well. He served as assistant dean for educational planning at Harvard’s Graduate School of Business Administration before arriving at Emerson in the midst of a socially turbulent time. Despite social unrest on campus and around the world, President Chapin was able to promote the College’s academic advancement as well as continue the expansion of its campus and its finances. Chapin addressed the problem of hiring and retaining faculty members with PhDs to continue the College’s accreditation by NEASC. To give the faculty a voice and provide a more democratic governance of the College, he approved the creation of a Faculty Assembly in 1969. He also helped enhance the College’s curriculum by reorganizing departments and revising the general requirements for an undergraduate degree.

1962 - 1980

Formal photographic portrait of President McKinley. S. Justus McKinley graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and earned his AM and PhD degrees from Harvard. He was recruited by Emerson College in 1934 to head the History and Social Sciences Department. In 1946, he left Emerson for a professorship at Springfield College, citing differences of opinion with the administration of Boylston Green. After a nearly three-year period of turmoil following Green’s resignation, which included two failed interim presidencies, S. Justus McKinley was asked to return to Emerson to become its next president. McKinley returned to Emerson at a time when the College was in financial crisis and on the brink of collapse. Student morale was terrible and plagiarism was rampant. To combat these problems, he boosted student morale by attending every student production and making himself more visible and available to the student body. He also stressed the importance of academics over social clubs and extracurricular activities. He created two new departments, Broadcasting and Speech Therapy, both outgrowths of the Speech Department. In 1953, the College created the Samuel D. Robbins Speech Clinic in honor of the Emerson faculty member who started the Speech Department in 1935. That same year, the Broadcasting Department began offering courses in television production, and in 1954 the College built a state-of-the-art television studio. McKinley embarked on several successful fundraising campaigns throughout his term in office, which allowed the College to become financially stable and purchase several buildings. In 1965, Emerson acquired the Deertrees Theatre in Harrison, Maine, which served as a summer theater for Emerson students as well as students from other institutions.

1952

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