Alfred Ryors, D.D., 1812-1858
Fifth President of Ohio University, 1848-1852
Native of Pennsylvania and educated at Jefferson College,
Dr. Ryors came to the presidency at age 36 from a professorship
at Indiana University. He had been professor of mathematics at
The Ohio University under presidents Wilson and McGuffey. He
then took the same position at Indiana University from 1843
through 1848. Ryors returned and assumed the presidency after
financial conditions had forced a suspension of college
activities for three years while the Academy continued. He
succeeded in reducing indebtedness and restoring confidence in
the institution's future.
The first general meeting of alumni was held in connection
with commencement in 1849. In early 1850 a student attempted to
set fire to Cutler Hall; he was expelled the following year.
Also in 1850, a scholarship selling scheme was initiated and the
first class was graduated since the University had closed five
Upon his retirement Dr. Ryors returned to Indiana to serve
in the ministry and to become president of Indiana University and
later Centre College in Danville, Kentucky.
Athens, OH 45701
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