Isaac Crook, D.D.., LL.D., 1833-1916
Ninth President of Ohio University, 1896-1898
Native of Ohio and educated at Ohio Wesleyan University, Dr.
Crook came to the presidency at age 63 from the chancellorship of
Nebraska Wesleyan University and before that the presidency of
the University of the Pacific. He was a Methodist minister noted
for his skills as a teacher, lecturer, and writer. He was active
in the recruitment of students by making numerous promotional
trips. Dr. Crook placed great emphasis on library acquisitions
including the addition of fifty volumes from the "Coonskin
Library." An enhancement of faculty rights came with the
fourteen department heads combining as a Faculty Senate. In
1896-97 the Ohio University Mirror (first campus newspaper) was
established. Crook's administration, however, was so noted for
the disharmony between faculty and administration that he lost
the confidence of the Trustees and the Athens newspaper and
acceded to calls for his resignation after only two years in the
He continued in the ministry following his resignation.
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