James Edward Dickey

President 1902-1915James Dickey
Class of 1891

  • Methodist minister
  • Teaches mental and moral science as a new graduate
  • As president, eliminates the debt on the library, increases enrollment to more than 300 for the first time, and grows the endowment by more than 50 percent to $325,000
  • Constructs a new science building (Pierce Hall, the first building in Oxford with gas, steam heat, and running water), a new gymnasium (now Williams Hall), and the school's first dormitory since before the Civil War (Haygood Hall)
  • Dismisses Professor Andrew Sledd, whose anti-lynching article in The Atlantic in 1902 had stirred public ire against the college
  • Returns to the Methodist ministry when the trustees voted to make Emory College part of the new university being formed in Atlanta in 1914-15, and eventually elected a bishop