Edward Asahel Birge (Acting President: 1900-1903)

Edward A. Birge

Edward A. Birge

For most of 1900 and 1901 while Adams was ill, Edward A. Birge, dean of the College of Letters and Science, served as acting president, a position he continued in after Adams’ death.

Birge did not campaign actively for the presidency, and he lost a close vote by the Board of Regents to Charles Van Hise.

Birge subsequently was named president following Van Hise’s untimely death in 1918.