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1920s

1921

Dr. John Martin Thomas named ninth President; resigned 1925.

Senate organized as official representative faculty organization.

1922

Emergency building fund campaign began.

Graduate School established; Dr. Frank D. Kern, first dean.

1923

School of Education instituted; Dr. W. G. Chambers, first dean.

School of Agriculture reorganized.

1924

School of Chemistry and Physics replaced Natural Science.

School of Mines and Metallurgy replaced Mines.

1926

First Doctor of Philosophy degree conferred on physicist Marsh W. White.

Chi Omega chartered as first national women's fraternity on campus.

1927

Dr. Ralph Dorn Hetzel became tenth President; died in office, 1947; second longest administration -- 21 years.

Priestley Lecture Series established by Phi Lambda Upsilon, honorary chemistry society.

1928

Bond issue defeated in state referendum, but major building program started with $5 million appropriation, gifts and loans.