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

George Selke, President, 1927-1946

George Selke

  • Third alum to serve as president of St. Cloud State, graduating in 1913

  • Before returning as president at St. Cloud State, worked in education in the states of Minnesota and North Dakota as a teacher, superintendent of schools, and as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota

  • For the first time, St. Cloud State offered a four year program to train teachers

  • During his tenure as president, Eastman Hall (1930) was built, and the Beaver Islands (1933) on the Mississippi and Carol Hall (1936) were purchased

  • Selke Field (1937) was named in his honor

  • In 1943, went on leave to serve country during World War II, and returned in 1946, serving less than a month as president

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