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Walter Stephenson Newman

Acting President, May-August 31, 1947
President, September 1, 1947-June 30, 1962

Walter Stephenson Newman. --- Tenth president, 1947-62. Born July 20, 1895, in Woodstock, Va., son of Walter Hickman and Sallie Bird Stephenson Newman. Attended Shenandoah County schools. Received A.B. at Hampden-Sydney, 1917; M.S., V.P.I., 1919; Ph.D., Pennsylvania State, 1931; and honorary LL.D. from both Roanoke College, 1949, and Hampden-Sydney, 1959. Vocational agriculture teacher in Windsor, Va., 1912-22; associate professor of vocational education at V.P.I., in 1922-25; state superintendent of vocational education, 1925-30 and 1931-42; assistant state superintendent of public instruction, 1942-46; state administrator of National Youth Administration, 1936-42; one of founders of Future Farmers of Virginia (later grew into FFA) in 1926. Married Liz Otey Hoge of Blacksburg, June 23, 1920; had one son. Named first V.P.I. vice-president in 1946. Elected president Sept. 1, 1947, at age 52. Retired June 30, 1962 and elected president emeritus. Elected president of National Bank of Blacksburg in 1967. Source: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Historical Data Book: Centennial Editon, ed. Jenkins Mikell Robertson, Bulletin of the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, vol. 65, no. 4, 71.

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