Kenneth Matheson

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Kenneth Gordon Matheson was Georgia Tech’s second president.[1] He came to Georgia tech as an english professor and after becoming President of Georgia Tech he changed many things at Georgia Tech for the better. Georgia Tech is the prestigious school it is today die to many of the contributions at his time at Georgia Tech.

Kenneth Matheson

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Early Life, Education, and Georgia Tech

Matheson was born in Cheraw, South Carolina on July 28, 1864.[2] After graduating from the South Carolina Military Academy, he received a master’s degree in English from Stanford University. In 1885, he came to Georgia to act as commandant of the cadets at the Georgia Military College and remained there for three years.[3] Later on, he became head of the English department at Missouri Military Academy, and then went on to be an English professor at the University of Tennessee. He came to Georgia Tech as a professor of English in 1897. He served as chairman of the faculty until 1906, when he was elected president of Georgia Tech. Matheson contributed to the transition of Tech from being a trade school to a research institute. In addition, Matheson helped begin the process of building a library at Tech; he expanded the curriculum and graduate program, and supervised many funding campaigns for Georgia Tech.[4]


Life after Georgia Tech

Matheson resigned as president of Georgia Tech in 1921 because he was upset about the lack of money for the school. He then became president of Phialdelphia’s Drexel Institute. Matheson continued his contact with Tech the rest of his life. He died of a heart attack in late 1931.[5]

References

  1. Inventory of the Early Presidents, 1950-1953. Retrieved from the Georgia Tech Archives on November 16, 2010.
  2. Inventory of the Early Presidents, 1950-1953. Retrieved from the Georgia Tech Archives on November 16, 2010.
  3. Inventory of the Early Presidents, 1950-1953. Retrieved from the Georgia Tech Archives on November 16, 2010.
  4. Inventory of the Early Presidents, 1950-1953. Retrieved from the Georgia Tech Archives on November 16, 2010.
  5. Inventory of the Early Presidents, 1950-1953. Retrieved from the Georgia Tech Archives on November 16, 2010.

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