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John W. Headley (1952-1957)

 John Headley

John Headley was appointed to the presidency in 1951 after working in higher education in both North Dakota and Minnesota.  He brought a vision and experience to South Dakota State College, and was instrumental in ensuring its growth into a University.

During Headley's term Ph.D., programs were established on campus in three major areas:  animal science, plant science and social studies.  As a result, in part, of President Leinbach's troubles, a tenure policy was established for faculty, along with a sabbatical leave program.  Enrollment continued to grow, and new dormitories were built, including Harding Hall, then used as living quarters.  Headley also adopted a plan for an art museum, which became a reality during the presidency of Hilton M. Briggs.