LOUISIANA’S LAND-GRANTS: Louisiana State University and Southern University and A&M College

Louisiana’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Louisiana State University

 https://www.lsu.edu @LSU

In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly established the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana in Rapides Parish, modeled after the Virginia Military Institute. The institution opened in 1860 with Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman as its superintendent. In 1861, Sherman resigned his position when Louisiana became the sixth state to secede from the Union, and the school subsequently closed with the start of the American Civil War. The seminary officially reopened in 1865, and then burned to the ground in 1869. It was reestablished later that same year in Baton Rouge.  In 1870, the name of the institution was officially changed to Louisiana State University. In 1874, the Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College was established in New Orleans by the Louisiana legislature. It operated until 1877,when it merged with Louisiana State University and was moved to the Baton Rouge site. This prompted the final name change for the university to the Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. However, the short-form name Louisiana State University has widespread usage, including official documents such as diplomas.

President: F. King Alexander was named the president of Louisiana State University in 2013. President Alexander has many land-grant roots, including a doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also was a president within California’s land-grant system, leading California State University prior to his appointment at LSU. Further, he was a faculty member at the land-grant institution the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. @lsuprez

 

 

Louisiana’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Southern University and A&M College

http://www.subr.edu/ @SouthernU_BR

In 1880, the Louisiana General Assembly chartered Southern College, and the school opened in New Orleans in 1881. In 1890, the legislature established an Agricultural and Mechanical department and designated Southern as the land-grant college for African-American students. In 1974, the legislature established the Southern University System consisting of: Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge; Southern University, New Orleans; Southern University Law Center; Southern University Agricultural Center; and Southern University, Shreveport.

President: In 2015, Ray L. Belton was named the president of Southern University and the chancellor of the Southern University system, the nation’s only historically black university system. President Belton is a product of this 1890 land-grant system, having graduated with degrees from Southern University at Shreveport and Southern University in Baton Rouge. @SUSprez

 

KENTUCKY’S LAND-GRANTS: University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University

Kentucky’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Kentucky

http://www.uky.edu @universityofky

Founded in 1865 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Kentucky, a publicly chartered department of Kentucky University. In 1888, the A&M college separated from Kentucky University (now known as Transylvania University). In 1908, the school was renamed “State University, Lexington, Kentucky,” and then in 1916 changed its name to the University of Kentucky.

President: Eli Capilouto was named the president of the University of Kentucky in 2011. He is a native of Alabama and holds a doctoral degree in dental medicine from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a doctorate in health policy and management from Harvard University. @UKypres

 

 

Kentucky’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Kentucky State University

https://kysu.edu @KYStateU

Kentucky State University was chartered in May 1886 as the State Normal School for Colored Persons. In 1902, the name was changed to Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institute for Colored Persons. The name was changed again in 1926 to Kentucky State Industrial College for Colored Persons. In 1938, the school was renamed the Kentucky State College for Negroes, and then the term “for Negroes” was dropped in 1952. In 1972, the school’s name was changed to Kentucky State University.

President: In 2017, M. Christopher Brown II was named president of Kentucky State University. President Brown has an impressive land-grant pedigree, having earned a bachelor’s in elementary education from the land-grant institution South Carolina State University, a master’s in education policy and evaluation from the land-grant institution the University of Kentucky, and a doctorate in higher education from the land-grant institution the Pennsylvania State University. Further, he also held faculty positions at several land-grant institutions, including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Penn State. He also served as the president the land-grant institution of Alcorn State University and the provost of the land-grant institution Southern University and A & M College. @DrMCB2

 

KANSAS LAND-GRANTS: Kansas State University and Haskell Indian Nations University

Kansas 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Kansas State University

 https://www.k-state.edu @KState

The Kansas State Agricultural College was founded in 1863, becoming the first land-grant college created under the Morrill Act. In 1931, the name of the school was changed to the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science. In 1959, the name was changed again to Kansas State University of Agriculture and Applied Science. However, the short-form name Kansas State University has widespread usage, including official documents such as diplomas.

President: In 2016, Richard B. Myers became the president of Kansas State University. He is a retired U.S. Air Force General, and is an alumnus of Kansas State, having received a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He joined the Air Force as the direct result of having participated in K-State’s ROTC program. President Myers also has a master’s degree in business administration from the land-grant institution of Auburn University.

 

 

 

Kansas 1994 Land-Grant Institution: Haskell Indian Nations University

http://www.haskell.edu @HaskellU

In 1884, the United States Indian Industrial Training School opened as a trade school for Native American youth. In 1887, the name of the school was changed to the Haskell Institute, named after a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas. In 1965, Haskell graduated its last high school class and, two years later, became Haskell Indian Junior College. In 1993, the school became a four-year institution and was renamed Haskell Indian Nations University.

President: In 2014, Venida S. Chenault became the president of Haskell Indian Nations University. President Chenault is an enrolled member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, and earned three degrees from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare.

IOWA’S LAND-GRANT: Iowa State University

Iowa’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Iowa State University

https://www.iastate.edu @IowaStateU

In 1858, the Iowa Agricultural College and Model Farm was officially established. Iowa was the first state in the nation to accept the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act. In 1898, it was renamed Iowa State College of Agricultural and Mechanic Arts. In 1959, the college was officially renamed Iowa State University of Science and Technology. However, the short-form name Iowa State University has widespread usage, including official documents such as diplomas.

President: In 2017, Wendy Wintersteen became the first woman president of Iowa State University. Dr. Wintersteen has a strong land-grant pedigree, holding a bachelor’s degree in crop production from the land-grant institution of Kansas State University and a doctorate in entomology from her current land-grant institution of Iowa State University.

INDIANA’S LAND-GRANT: Purdue University

Indiana’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: Purdue University

 https://www.purdue.edu @LifeAtPurdue

Purdue University was founded in 1869 by the Indiana General Assembly. Named after its primary benefactor – John Purdue, a business leader from Lafayette, Indiana – the university held its first classes in 1874.

President: Mitch Daniels became the president of Purdue University in 2013. He is the former governor of Indiana, as well as having served as the Director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. @purduemitch

 

ILLINOIS’S LAND-GRANT: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Illinois’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

 http://www.illinois.edu @Illinois_Alma

Founded in 1867 as the Illinois Industrial University. In 1885, its name was changed to the University of Illinois. In 1982, the university officially changed its name to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to distinguish its main campus within the University of Illinois system; other campuses exist in Springfield and Chicago (the site of the university’s medical center).

President: Timothy L. Kileen took office as the president of the University of Illinois system in 2015. While he personally had no prior affiliations with land-grant institutions, Killeen’s wife, Roberta M. Johnson, holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in geophysics and space physics from the University of California, Los Angeles, part of California’s land-grant higher education system.

 

IDAHO’S LAND-GRANT: University of Idaho

Idaho’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University  Idaho

https://www.uidaho.edu @uidaho

 

Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho held its first classes on the Moscow campus in 1892. The University of Idaho was Idaho’s only university until 1963 (when Boise Junior College became Boise State University).

President: Chuck Staben took office as the president of the University Idaho in 2014. All of President Staben’s degrees are from land-grant institutions, including an undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley. He also held several professional positions at other notable land-grant institutions, including the University of Kentucky and the University of South Dakota.

HAWAI’I’S LAND-GRANT: University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Honolulu)

Hawai’i’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Hawai’i at Manoa (Honolulu)

 https://manoa.hawaii.edu @uhmanoa

In 1907, the Hawai’i Territorial Legislature established the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts in Honolulu. It was renamed the College of Hawai’i in 1912, and then in 1920 it was renamed again as the University of Hawai’i in 1920. In 1931 the Territorial Normal and Training School was absorbed into the University of Hawai’i and became its College of Education. The University of Hawai’i at Manoa serves as the flagship institution for the larger University of Hawai’i system.

President: David Lassner is the president of the University of Hawai’i System and is currently serving as interim chancellor of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. All of President Lassner’s degrees are from land-grant institutions, including undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a doctorate from the University of Hawaiʻi.

 

GEORGIA’S LAND-GRANTS: University of Georgia and Fort Valley State University

Georgia’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Georgia

http://www.uga.edu @universityofga

The University of Georgia was incorporated in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly, making it the first state to create a publicly supported institution of higher learning. The first classes were held in 1801 and the first graduating class happened in 1804. The university closed from 1863 through the beginning of 1866 due to the impact of the American Civil War. Originally open only to white males, the university began to accept white women in 1903. Full racial integration finally occurred in 1961.

President: Jere W. Morehead became president of the University of Georgia in 2013, having previously served this university in a variety of administrative roles. He is a graduate of UGA, having received his law degree in 1980. As such, he is the first alumnus to serve as president of this university.

 

 

Georgia’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Fort Valley State University

http://www.fvsu.edu @FVSU

Opened in 1895 as the Fort Valley High and Industrial School, then merged in 1939 with the State Teachers and Agricultural College of Forsyth (founded in 1902). In 1947, the state’s Board of Regents adopted a resolution moving the land-grant designation from Savannah State College (now Savannah State University) to Fort Valley State College, a move that was officially sanctioned by the Georgia General Assembly in 1949. The school’s name changed to Fort Valley State University in 1996.

President: Paul A. Jones became the president of Fort Valley State University in 2015. President Jones earned all his degrees from land-grant institutions, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Utah State University, and his Ph.D. in education and human resource studies from Colorado State University. @FVSUpresident

 

FLORIDA’S LAND-GRANTS: University of Florida and Florida A&M

Florida’s 1862 Land-Grant Institution: University of Florida

http://www.ufl.edu @UF

The University of Florida traces its origins to 1853 and the founding of the East Florida Seminary in Ocala. In 1884, the Florida Agricultural College was founded in Lake City as the state’s land-grant college, and in 1903 it was renamed the University of Florida. In 1905, the Florida legislature consolidated all its public colleges into three segregated institutions: the University of the State of Florida for white males, the Florida Female College for white females, and the State Normal School for Colored Students for African-American males and females. The new campus of the University of the State of Florida was opened in Gainesville in 1906, and in 1909 the school’s name was simplified to the University of Florida.

President: Kent Fuchs was named president of the University of Florida in 2015.  Dr. Fuchs has an impressive land-grant pedigree. As a student, he earned his doctorate in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Illinois. Prior to becoming UF’s president, he was the provost and dean of engineering at Cornell University, New York’s land-grant institution. He also was the head of the school of electrical and computer engineering at Purdue University, Indiana’s land-grant institution, as well as being a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Illinois, that state’s land-grant institution. @PresidentFuchs

 

 

Florida’s 1890 Land-Grant Institution: Florida A&M University

http://www.famu.edu @FAMU_1887

Opened in 1887 as the State Normal College for Colored Students, its name was changed in 1891 to the State Normal and Industrial College for Colored Students in concert with the second Morrill Act. In 1909, the name of the college was changed to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical College for Negroes, and in 1953 the name was finally changed to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

President: Larry Robinson was named president of Florida A&M University in 2017 after having served as this institution’s interim president in 2016-2017 and from 2012-2014. He also is a distinguished professor and researcher in the School of the Environment at FAMU. @LRobinsonFAMU