By Elmer Ellis
Elmer Ellis led the University of Missouri as president from 1954 to 1966 and was inextricably involved with higher education from his youth in North Dakota. During his career as president, Ellis had the vision—that is, the foresight based on that elusive and unique combination of intellect, experience, and common sense—to provide the leadership that is essential for a rapidly growing university. Upon his retirement, Ellis reflected upon and wrote about his life and career. This book is the result of that reminiscence.
Elmer Ellis, born in North Dakota, served the University of Missouri in various capacities from his hiring as an assistant professor in history in 1930 until his retirement from the presidency in 1966. During his tenure as president, the Kansas City and St. Louis campuses were added to create the statewide, four-campus University of Missouri System.
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