III: Carleton Professor


Carleton searches for a new president.

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The President-elect and Peg at the door to their home, 1945.
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Carleton searches for a new president.
Early in 1944 Carleton's President Cowling officially advised his Trustees of his intent to retire following the 1944-45 academic year. The Trustees appointed a committee, chaired by Laird Bell, to consider candidates as Cowling's successor. Dean of the College Lindsey Blayney, also preparing to retire, warmly endorsed the suggestion that Gould be elevated from the faculty to the presidency - as this letter sent to the committee in April 1945 attests. The Trustees confirmed the choice of Gould as Carleton's fourth president on May 15, 1945. The decision was hailed with delight by President Cowling, the faculty, alumni and students. As reported in the Carletonian displayed here, the news was greeted by peals of the Willis bell, an impromptu choir serenaded the Gould and Cowling homes, and the following day "the entire student body appeared in the brightest reds it could muster as a united gesture of approbation."


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