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Hail to the Chief! Presidents of St. Cloud State University, 1869-2014

Isabel Lawrence, Acting President, 1914-1916

Isabel Lawrence

  • First woman to serve as president, acting or permanent, at St. Cloud State

  • Named acting president while Waite Shoemaker was on leave due to illness

  • Educated at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, and the Oswego Normal School in Oswego, New York

  • Before coming to St. Cloud in 1879, was the director of the Oswego Normal School training school, assistant superintendent of schools in Yonkers, New York, and director of the training school at the Whitewater Normal School, Whitewater, Wisconsin

  • The first Lawrence Hall (1885) and the second Lawrence Hall (1905), both women's dormitories, were named in her honor

  • Retired in 1921, after serving St. Cloud State as director of the training school for over 40 years


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