A Legacy of Leadership

As Cristle Collins Judd steps into the role of president, she follows in the footsteps of academic visionaries who have led the College through nearly a century of growth and change. The first three presidents, pictured here at Reunion 1950, each evidenced strong character and a strong sense of direction.


Marion Coats (1926–1929)

Coats (center) championed the goal of educating future global citizens, stating, “That student who was most familiar with world citizenship before she left our college would be the student who would most easily adjust to the conditions that she will find in the larger world.”

Constance Warren (1929–1945)

Warren (left) vigorously opposed racial bias, declaring, “It is the business of the College to see that … students obtain an understanding of other viewpoints, other customs, other economic backgrounds, other values than the ones with which they are familiar.”

Harold Taylor (1945–1959)

Taylor (right), a renowned education theorist ahead of his time, affirmed: “The purpose of liberal education is to make people free and to keep them that way. I do not mean free to do anything they wish, but free from the handicaps of ignorance, intolerance, and illiberalism. … Freedom is the moral value on which the democratic system rests.”