Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
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College History

Academics

1961-1962

Elizabeth S. May

Dr. Elizabeth Stoffregen May, a graduate of Smith College and the London School of Economics, and Dean of the College, was named Acting President upon Dr. Meneely's unexpected death in 1961. During Meneely's final year as president, much of the administration of the college fell to May.

In 1962 May was awarded as an Honorary Degree Recipient.

Prior to serving as Acting President, May accomplished a great deal as Dean of the College. In 1955, she developed a plan to increase increase Wheaton's enrollment by 250 students. May's initiative combined with another vote by the Trustees several years later, increased enrollment from 525 to 800 to 1000 students. This growth allowed Wheaton to expand and improve its curriculum, faculty, and building program.

Dr. May served as Acting President until 1962, when Meneely's successor was found in William C.H. Prentice.

After 13 years at Wheaton, May was named by the Johnson administration to serve on the board of directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the first woman ever appointed to do so. More, from the Harvard Press ยป

The Faculty Lounge in Mary Lyon Hall was named for Elizabeth S. May.

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