Poe, a close student of education and industrial trends and a wise
counselor; and E. B. Josey, whose knowledge of business has been
valuable to the Board; G. E. Lineberry, 1908, whose large experience
in educational work, acquaintance with the people of the State gained
from his many canvasses and travels among the churches and schools,
and proved business ability, have made him one of the most active
and prominent members of the Board.
Of the others appointed in this period some nine or ten were
ministers of the Gospel; those whose terms of service were longest
were Livingston Johnson, 1896-1923; J. A. Campbell, also classed as
an educator, 1904-34; M. L. Kesler, also classed as an educator; R. T.
Vann, 1896-1941 for fifteen years, 1900-1915, president of Meredith
College and until his death, July 25, 1941, having part in organized
denominational work. Though these were few they were widely
known and their influence on the policies of the Board was great.
Some seven or eight were educators, of whom R. L. Moore, J. A.
Campbell, M. L. Kesler, G. E. Lineberry, were known throughout the
State and had much influence. In this period several editors served as
trustees, of whom J. W. Bailey, 1900-11, of the Biblical Recorder,
exercised a strong influence over the actions of the Board. Only a few
of the trustees appointed in this period, some four or five, were
doctors. One of these, W. J. McLendon, 1893-1904, as we have seen,
had much to do with inducing the trustees to establish the School of
Medicine. Three others, J. T. J. Battle, 1904-37, W. S. Rankin, 1909-
29, and J. M. Parrott, 1903-23, were wise and helpful in advising on
matters pertaining to the School of Medicine. On the Board at this
time lawyers and business men predominated. Among the former as
men of much influence and wisdom in protecting the interests and
formulating the policies of the College were J. N. Holding, 1893-
1912; E. K. Proctor, Jr., 1893-1902; E. F. Aydlett, 1894-1930; E. W.
Timberlake, 1899-1932; S. McIntyre, 1914-25; A. D. Ward, 1904-40;
J. A. Oates, 1908-..; and G. T. Stephenson. The lawyers numbered
eighteen or twenty; there were about as many who may be classed as
business men among the trustees of this period. To be mentioned
apart as the one