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John W. Headley

John W. Headley
John W. 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.