UA 002C - Office of the President (Frank J. Prout) Records, 1939-1951
|Title||UA 002C - Office of the President (Frank J. Prout) Records, 1939-1951|
After the unexpected death of President Roy Offenhauer in 1938, Frank J. Prout (1883-1967) was selected to lead BGSU, serving as President from 1939-1951. During his twelve-year tenure as President, Prout guided the campus through the difficult years of WWII and oversaw the development of BGSU as it changed from a teachers' college to a university.
World War II caused the student population to decrease drastically as many students were drafted or enlisted in the military. The deflated enrollment meant the university would not be able to pay its faculty. The most viable solution was to secure government training programs. Under Prout’s leadership, the university was chosen as the site for the Navy College Training Program, also known as the V-12 program. With this program in place, the university's financial problems were almost entirely solved. However, there was a shortage of housing.
Materials found in this collection may be duplicated in other University Archives collections including overlaps between this collection and the collections of President Offenhauer and President McDonald.
|Biographical Sketch||Frank J. Prout was born in 1883 at Prout’s Station, in north central Oxford Township, Erie County, Ohio. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1906. He taught at Ohio Wesleyan and Zanesville High School until 1914 when he became principal of Chillicothe High School. From 1921-1939 Prout served as the Superintendent of the Sandusky, Ohio City Schools and was a member and president of the BGSU Board of Trustees from 1933-1939.|
Prout received honorary degrees from Ohio University (1919), Ohio Wesleyan University (1924), Miami University (1951), and Bowling Green State University (1952).
After his retirement in 1951, Dr. Prout continued to maintain an active interest in the university, serving as an advisor to his successor, Dr. Ralph McDonald, and being continually involved with the university’s landscaping.
|Scope and Content||The collection consists of subject files on various topics, dating from 1939-1951. |
Collection size: 1 legal sized manuscript box (0.5 cubic feet)
|Inventory||Box 1: |
1: Economics: Shafer/Helms Dispute, 1939
2: Farewell Party for Prouts-program, 1951
3: Hoppes, William C.-Academic Biography at BGSU, (1939-1940)
4: Inauguration Program-Prout, 1939
4A: Honors Day, 1950-1951
5: Inter-University Council (IUC)-Biennium Budget, 1944-1946
6: IUC-Building Program: State Universities of Ohio and the Ohio Medical Center, 1947-1948: A Report, 1947
7: IUC-Faculty Salary Data, 1949-1951
8: IUC-Post War Building Program for State Universities of Ohio, 1944
9: Memorandums/Official Statements, 1939-1951 (sc.)
10: Music: Credit for Band, Choir, etc., 1940
11: Postwar Planning Committee-Report to the President, 1944
12: Preservation of University Documents, 1948
13: ROTC, 1948
14: ROTC, Air Force, 1951
15: State Attorney General Opinions, 1947
16: State Department of Education, 1948
17: Testing, Clinical & Counseling Services for Students-Committee Report to President, 1945
18: Veterans' Educational Facilities, 1946, 1949
19: Winslow, Leon - Correspondence, 1942, 1950
20: Women’s Dress Code, 1949
21: Report of the Committee on University Organization, 1950