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The New ASU Story:
Leadership

In just over a century, sixteen principals and presidents have led ASU on its journey to greatness. Working together with student government, the academic senate, staff council and alumni our leadership has created a university of distinction with a commitment to quality education.
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Principals and Presidents, 1886-2000

First Principal Hiram Bradford Farmer, 1886-1888 Farmer Road in Tempe named for H.B. Farmer, 1985 Farmer House, First Dormitory, ca. 1886-1888
* First Principal
Hiram Bradford Farmer
1886-1888
Farmer Road in Tempe
named for H.B. Farmer
1985
Farmer House,
first dormitory
ca. 1886-1888
Second Principal Robert Lindley Long, 1888-1890 Third Principal Dayton A. Reed, 1890-1892 Normal School Report, 1891
* Second Principal
Robert Lindley Long
1888-1890
* Third Principal
Dayton A. Reed
1890-1892
* Normal School Report
1891
Fourth Principal Edgar L. Stormant, 1890-1892 Normal School Annual Report, Dec 15, 1894
Fourth Principal
Edgar L. Storment
1892-1895
Normal School Annual Report
Dec. 15, 1894
Fifth Principal James McNaughton, 1895-1899 Rules of Conduct, January 5, 1898
* Fifth Principal
Dr. James McNaughton
1895-1899
Rules of Conduct
January 5, 1898
Sixth Principal Joseph Warren Smith, 1899-1900 Seventh Principal Arthur John Matthews, 1900-1904 National Education Association (NEA) pin
* Sixth Principal
Joseph Warren Smith
1899-1900
* Seventh Principal
Arthur John Matthews
1900-1904
National Education
Association (NEA) pin
Artifact #337
Seventh President Arthur John Matthews, Homecoming, 1929 Eighth President Ralph Waldo Swetman, 1930-1933 Ralph Waldo Swetman, 1932
Seventh President Arthur
John Matthews 1904-1930
Homecoming
1929
* Eighth President
Ralph Waldo Swetman
1930-1933
Ralph Waldo Swetman
1932
Ninth President Grady Gammage, 1933-1959 Dr. Grady Gammage atop the Memorial Union, 1958 Tenth President Harold D. Richardson, 1959-60
* Ninth President
Grady Gammage
1933-1959
* Dr. Grady Gammage atop
the Memorial Union
1958
* Tenth President Harold
D. Richardson (Acting)
1959-60
Eleventh President G. Homer Durham, June 3, 1964 Twelfth President Harry K. Newburn (Acting), 1969-1971 Special Olympics Plaque
* Eleventh President
G. Homer Durham
June 3, 1964
* Twelfth President
Harry K. Newburn (Acting)
1969-1971
Special Olympics Plaque
Artifact #465
Thirteenth President John W. Schwada 1971-1981 Fourteenth President J. Russell Nelson, 1981-1989 Hispanic Convocation Plaque
* Thirteenth President
John W. Schwada
1977
* Fourteenth President
J. Russell Nelson
1981-1989
Hispanic Convocation Plaque
Artifact #463
President Richard Peck (Interim), 1989-1990 Fifteenth President Lattie F. Coor, 1990 Sixteenth President Michael M. Crow, 2002
* President Richard
Peck (Interim)
1989-1990
* Fifteenth President
Lattie F. Coor
1990
* Sixteenth President
Michael M. Crow
2002


Student Government

The Tempe Normal Student Association was organized in 1910 to lift “school spirit” by organizing the student body. Their accomplishments included the homecoming parade, traffic control at athletic competitions, and supervision of assemblies. In 1931 the constitution was changed; the association was now formed by the president and two representatives of each class. Their goal was to make the Sahuaro a student-body publication and they also made provisions for traffic regulations on the campus “speed-ways.” In the late 1930s the student government responsibilities included budgeting of funds to student functions. Today, Associated Students of Arizona State University (ASASU) represents 50,000 registered students.


For more about ASASU, please visit: http://www.asu.edu/studentlife/ASASU/



Tempe Normal Student Association, 1916-1917 Officers of the Associated Students, 1934 Associated Women Students
Tempe Normal
Student Association
1916-1917
Officers of the
Associated Students
1934
Associated Women Students
Artifact #57
Associated Women Students at the U of A, 1932 Student Body Officers, 1934 Statement on Student governing, 1939-40
* Associated Women Students
at the U of A
1932
Student Body Officers
1934
Statement on Student governing
1939-40
Associated Students, 1948 Student Government, March 2, 1948 Orientation Button
* Associated Students
1948
Student Government
March 2, 1948
Orientation Button
Artifact #687
Student Government on Rail Car, ca. 1967-1968 ASASU Senate, 1969
Student Government
on Rail Car
ca. 1967-1968
ASASU Senate
1969


Alumni Association

The Alumni Association was established in 1894. Its purpose was listed in the 1895 catalog as follows:


“It is confidently believed that all graduates of this school will manifest a lively interest in its welfare. Their influence on the schools of the territory is already plainly seen and it will doubtless increase as they increase in experience and numbers. The Faculty desire to be informed of the success of the graduates and also to render them professional assistance as far as possible.”


The Alumni Association serves the alumni and unites the members for the purpose of advancing Arizona State University.


Visit the ASU Alumni Association online at: http://www.asu.edu/alumni/



The Collegian, 1934-1936 Washington Chapter, N.D. Button
The Collegian
1934-1936
Washington Chapter
N.D.
Button
Artifact #631
Alumni class of 1927, 1967 Name Change 25th Anniversary Sticker
Alumni class of 1927
1967
* Name Change
25th Anniversary
ca. 1982
Sticker
Artifact #723


Classified Staff Council

The Classified Staff Council serves as a liaison between the classified staff and administration. There are records of members as early as 1967.


Visit the Classified Staff Council online at: http://www.asu.edu/president/csc/



Classified Staff Council, 1993-1994 Classified Information  ASU West
Classified Staff Council
1993-1994
Classified Information
ASU West
Classified Staff Council, 1991 Classified Staff open forum, Dr. Milton Glick, 1995
Classified Staff Council
1991
Classified Staff open
forum, Dr. Milton Glick
1995
Classified Staff, Feb. 7, 1995 Making memories - Homecoming
Classified Staff
Feb. 7, 1995
Making memories -
Homecoming

Academic Senate

In 1949 the Faculty Council, later Assembly, was formed which gave administration and faculty equal voice on matters of instruction. The organization now supports the development of academic professionals and faculty at ASU. The name was changed to Academic Senate in 1991, to better reflects the membership that includes academic professionals.


To find out more about the Academic Senate, please visit: http://www.asu.edu/provost/asenate/



President Matthews and faculty, 1924 Faculty Council formed, 1949
President Matthews and faculty
1924
Faculty Council formed
1949
Faculty Senate, November 19, 1991 Faculty Senate, 1969
Faculty Senate
November 19, 1991
Faculty Senate
1969

Other Leaders

Listed below are individuals not mentioned elsewhere who made significant contributions in laying the foundation of ASU. Most worked at ASU countless years during the most difficult times: through wars; through growth periods; at times with little staff and funding. These are only a few examples of the many men and women who made a difference.

Goodwin and Stauffer as students, 1900 James Lee Felton and students, ca. 1920s
* Garfield Goodwin and
Charles Stauffer as students
1900
* James Lee Felton
and students
ca. 1920s
Mr. and Mrs. Payne with graduate students, 1956 Dr. Bateman and students, 1957
* Mr. Ira D. Payne and
Mrs. Payne with
graduate students
1956
* Dr. Bateman and students
1957
Samuel Burkhard Plaque Samuel Burkhard and Harold D. Richardson, 1940 Gilbert Cady (r) looking over plans with John Dutson, ca. 1950s
Samuel Burkhard Plaque
Artifact #184
* Samuel Burkhard and
Harold D. Richardson
1940
* Gilbert Cady (r) looking over
plans with John Dutson
ca. 1950s


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