UA 002B - Office of the President (Roy E. Offenhauer) Records, 1937-1938
|Title||UA 002B - Office of the President (Roy E. Offenhauer) Records, 1937-1938|
Dr. Roy Offenhauer (1881-1938) served as the second president of Bowling Green State University from 1937-1938.
As president of Bowling Green State University, Dr. Offenhauer instituted a number of policies that increased enrollment by eighteen percent. It was under his leadership that the university began offering extension classes. He established the Policies Commission, which was the first step in providing faculty with a greater say in developing the policies of the University. During his presidency, the university adopted the 1925 statement of principles of the American Association of University Professors, creating the first official tenure policy for the University.
Dr. Offenhauer also began an extensive building program designed to expand and improve the campus. During his presidency, three buildings were constructed, the largest amount of simultaneous construction undertaken up to this point in the university’s history. The buildings were the Women’s Gymnasium (1938), the Natatorium (1938), and the Men’s Dormitory (completed 1939). The dormitory was named Clayton C. Kohl Hall in honor of the distinguished social science teacher who had died in 1938.
|Biographical Sketch||Roy Ernest Offenhauer was born to Julius and Elizabeth Yaney Offenhauer in Montezuma, Ohio in 1881. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Marion Normal College in 1903. While still studying at Marion, he began his teaching career in Mercer county. Eventually he became the principal of Sandusky High School where his superintendent of schools was Homer B. Williams, who later became BGSU's first president. |
In 1917, Ofenhauer earned a Masters of Arts degree from Columbia University. Because of his exceptional work during his thirteen years as superintendent of public schools in Lima, Ohio, Northern University conferred upon him the degree of Doctor of Pedagogy. Dr. Offenhauer was nationally recognized as an educator and was repeatedly elected as Treasurer of the National Education Association. He was also a member of the Ohio and Northwestern Ohio Educator Association.
Dr. Offenhauer became Bowling Green State University’s president in 1937 when the Board of Trustees unanimously invited him to take the office. However, he served only fourteen months. While he and his wife were returning home from an Ohio Education Association meeting in Columbus, he was fatally injured in a car accident and died on December 29, 1938.
|Scope and Content||The collection consists mostly of correspondence dating from 1937-1938 on various topics. The materials are arranged alphabetically.|
Collection size: 1 legal sized manuscript box (0.5 cubic feet)
|Inventory||Box 1: |
1: Correspondence-A, 1937-1938
2: Correspondence-B, 1937
3: Correspondence-B, 1938
4: Correspondence-C, 1937-1938
5: Correspondence-D, 1937-1938
6: Correspondence-E, 1937-1938
7: Correspondence-F, 1937-1938
8: Correspondence-G, 1937-1938
9: Correspondence-H, 1937-1938
10: Correspondence-l-J, 1937-1938
11: Correspondence-K, 1937-1938
12: Correspondence-L, 1937-1938
13: Correspondence-M, 1937-1938
14: Correspondence-N, 1937-1938
15: Correspondence-0, 1937-1938
16: Correspondence-P, 1937-1938
17: Correspondence-Q-R, 1937-1938
18: Correspondence-S, 1937-1938
19: Personnel Committee - Report , 1937-1938
20: Inauguration, 1938