On this day in Alabama history: Charles Smith becomes president of Troy college

On this day in Alabama history: Charles Smith becomes president of Troy college
The State Normal School at Troy was established in 1887 under the leadership of school president Joseph M. Dill. The institution was founded as a center for teacher training and has since expanded to include campuses around the world. (From Encyclopedia of Alabama, courtesy of Troy University)

March 15, 1937

Charles Bunyan Smith was named president of State Teachers College at Troy, signaling a change in direction for the institution that is now known as Troy University. Smith was an alumnus of Troy’s post-secondary school, graduating in 1917. He did graduate work at Peabody College, Duke University and the Teachers College at Columbia University. Consistent with those schools’ emphasis on preparing students for America’s then industrializing economy, Smith brought to Troy a focus on practical education. Also, during Smith’s tenure, the name of the school was changed to Troy State College and master’s degrees began to be offered. Smith retired in 1961 and was succeeded by Frank Ross Stewart.

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