James R. Thomas

President 1855-1867James R. Thomas

  • Balances the budget, a first in the college's history, in 1860, when enrollment reaches 244 students
  • Stays engaged in Emory's future while school is closed during the Civil War
  • With two other faculty members, petitions the Board of Trustees to reopen the college after the Civil War, and in January 1866 some 20 students begin their studies
  • Leaves in 1867 to become president of Pacific Methodist College in Vacaville, California