George T. Smart
Upon President's Cole's death in 1925, the Board of Trustees had little by way of searching for a successor. To fill the gap, Dr. Rev. George T. Smart undertook the role of Acting President (1925-1926).
Rev. Smart achieved two major accomplishments during his one-year tenure as Acting President. Determined to see President's Cole's building plans complete, Smart pushed the Board of Trustees to authorize the construction of the new "double dormitory," which would later be named Everett Hall. The completion of this dormitory allowed Wheaton's enrollment to reach 500 students.
Rev. Smart's other major accomplishment was finding a Wheaton's second president. Smart chaired the Trustee Committee charged with task. Rev. John Edgar Park, well-known to Rev. Smart as a professional colleague, was inaugurated as Wheaton's second president.