Forging Penn State's Land-Grant Mission, 1855-1906: Presidents Evan Pugh and George Atherton

Morgan Auditorium, Student Community Center, Penn State Schuylkill

Founding President Evan Pugh (1859-64) established Penn State as the nation's model agricultural college during the midst of the Civil War and secured the land-grant designation from the federal and state governments. After his tragic death, the college went into an 18-year tailspin under five troubled presidencies. George Atherton, the "second founder," arrived in 1882, saving the college from failure, reconciling it to its land-grant mission, and setting it on course for success in the 20th century. 

Roger Williams is one of the nation's leading historians on higher education, and he also served as associate vice president and executive director of the Penn State Alumni Association. Join us for this informative talk about the history of Penn State's land-grant mission from its founding under Evan Pugh to its renaissance under the guidance of George Atherton.

Penn State Schuylkill's 85th Anniversary Invited Speaker Series will take place in Morgan Auditorium, Student Community Center. All events are free and open to the public.