History of Howard College of Arts & Sciences
John Howard, for whom Howard College was named, was an eighteenth century English social reformer who frequently risked his own life to better the wretched condition of prisoners in that era. He was widely revered as a model of Christian compassion when Howard College was founded in 1841. When the college became a university in 1965, the Howard College of Arts and Sciences retained both the name and the legacy of this great humanitarian.
5 Deans, 5 Decades in the Howard College of Arts and Sciences
1968-1970 - Ruric Wheeler
1960s - Cuban missile crisis, MLK's Letter from Birmingham Jail, George Wallace stands in the schoolhouse door to block integration, Kennedy assassinated, Beatles' concert at Shea Stadium, My Lai massacre in Vietnam, Apollo 11 lands on moon.
1970-1975 - Hugh Bailey
1970s - Four students die in protest at Kent State; Watergate break in leads to Nixon resignation; Travolta stars in Saturday Night Fever; Israeli athletes killed in Munich; U.S. bicentennial celebration; mass suicide at Jonestown in Guyana; All in the Family stars Carroll O'Connor as Archie Bunker.
1976-1990 - Lee Allen
1980s - Iranian hostages freed; Hinckley assassination attempt on Reagan; Chernobyl accident; Michael Jackson records Thriller; Challenger space shuttle disaster; fall of Berlin Wall.
1990-2001 - Rod Davis
1990s - First Gulf War; Clinton signs NAFTA; Rwandan genocide; European Union formed; O.J. Simpson trial; Titanic is mega-hit at box office; Oklahoma City bombing; Princess Diana dies in car accident.
2001-Present - David Chapman
2000s - Survivor draws 51 million viewers; September 11 attacks; Second Iraq War; Human Genome Project; Abu Ghraib prison abuse; Hurricane Katrina hits Gulf Coast; Bear Stearns collapses as economic crisis begins; iPod revolutionizes music industry.