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Hail to the Chief! Presidents of St. Cloud State University, 1869-2010

Charles Graham, President, 1971-1981

Charles Graham

  • Educated at the University of Illinois, was a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater when appointed president of St. Cloud State

  • In 1975, the school name was changed from St. Cloud State College to St. Cloud State University

  • Campus continued to grow, including Centennial Hall (1971), Education Building (1971), Alumni House (1973), Math-Science Building (1973), and Administrative Services (1975)

  • In the 1976/77 academic year, St. Cloud State students participated for the first time in the study abroad program began at Alnwick Castle in northern England

  • Served as president of Hamline University from 1981 to 1987 and as acting president of Metropolitan State in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for the 1988/89 academic year.

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