1903Professor Robert Emory Blackwell was elected president and held the position until his death in 1938. He entered Randolph-Macon at the age of 14 as a member of the first student body in Ashland. Except for one year of study in Europe, he spent 70 years on campus as a student, instructor, professor, and president.
1904Randolph-Macon was elected to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
1907A seven-year struggle over ownership of the college began between the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church and college trustees. Rice Warren, a star end at the University of Virginia, came to Randolph-Macon as director of athletics, marking the beginning of expert coaching of intercollegiate athletics at the college.
1910U.S. President Taft stopped his train in Ashland to intercede on behalf of the Randolph-Macon students who had been banned by the faculty from attending a state championship football game.
1911-12The bachelor of science degree was first awarded.
1912Presidential candidate Woodrow Wilson stopped his train in Ashland and delivered a 20-minute address to faculty and students.
1916Chi Beta Phi, the national science honor society, was founded on the Randolph-Macon campus.
1918The campus became a camp of the Student Army Corps, with the student body serving as a corps.
1922A Carnegie Corporation gift funded construction of a library (now Peele Hall).
1923Phi Beta Kappa recognition was given to Randolph-Macon.
1924Randolph-Macon awarded its last M.A. degree.
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