Administration of Charles Elisha Taylor, 1884-1905 251
those policies, and to this work for the twenty-one years of his
administration he devoted all his energies and that wisdom for which
he was famous. It soon became evident to all that Dr. Taylor was no
ordinary college president. Students, faculty, the Board of Trustees,
and the people recognized him as the great Baptist leader of the State.
"The Baptists of the State from Dr. Taylor, down," was a statement of
Dr. T. H. Pritchard. But the College was his chief concern. His
conception of its future was great. His design was to make it a well
endowed college, a college well equipped with buildings and grounds
and laboratories and libraries, a college with an improved and expand-
ing curriculum, a college with an able and well trained faculty, a
college ready to serve all the Baptist young men of the State not only
in its academic departments but also in the professional schools of
Law and -Medicine. These ideas and plans which were so strongly
urged upon the Board of Trustees in the president's annual reports at
first astonished them, but soon captivated them and won their
enthusiastic support.
It was in a new spirit that the Board of Trustees had met at the
commencement in June, 1884. The endowment was reported at
$100,833.70, not including pledges marked as good and collected
within the year, amounting to $2,160. Professor Taylor was thanked
for "the grand work he did in increasing the endowment to $100,000."
The faithful members of the faculty were made to share in the general
joy by having their salary increased from $1,200 to $1,500.5
In the general satisfaction nothing was said about increasing the
endowment, but a year later, at the commencement in June, 1885,
President Taylor was authorized to make an effort to raise an
additional $25,000, if he deemed it expedient. Thus armed the
President was not long idle, but early in January, 1886,
Proceedings, 288ff.
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