McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-2012

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McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-2012

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Lewis McLouth became president of the Dakota Agricultural College in 1887. Prior to coming to South Dakota State, he was professor of physics at Michigan State University. During McLouth’s tenure, the School of Pharmacy was established and the focus of the college began to shift to college courses in industrial and vocational fields. Numerous courses were added and new faculty were hired to meet the growing needs of the fledgling college. Several buildings were built, including the North building, South building, shop building, and barns and farm buildings. McLouth also privately built Woodbine Cottage, which was later bought by the college and has housed almost all of the presidents. The Dakota Agricultural College became the South Dakota Agricultural College after South Dakota was recognized as a state in 1889. McLouth’s presidency was marred by political upheaval and student unrest. The regents asked for his resignation in July 1894, however, McLouth did not leave until 1896.


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