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Two Decades of Accomplishment

During his 21-year presidency, Jack Howard forever changed the academic stature and physical imprint of the college. Here are a few examples:

  • He launched our signature overseas and off-campus study program, now entering its 51st year. Since 1962, more than 11,000 students have participated in this program.
  • He doubled the number of full-time faculty and students in the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • He presided over the merger of the college with Northwestern School of Law, creating a day program with full-time faculty and students to complement the existing evening program.
  • He led the construction of several major buildings, including Aubrey Watzek Library, Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Pamplin Sports Center with Zehntbauer Swimming Pavilion, Fir Acres Theatre, Olin Center for Physics and Chemistry, the law school campus, and numerous residence halls. He also oversaw many renovations and small projects that helped energize campus life.
  • He shepherded Lewis & Clark’s transition into an independent liberal arts college that continued to affirm its historic ties with the Presbyterian Church.
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