Eugene B. Elliott, Inaugural Address, 1949


Eugene B. Elliott, Inaugural Address, 1949


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Eugene B. Elliott was inaugurated as Michigan State Normal College President in 1949, and served until 1965. In his inaugural address, Elliott acknowledges his warm welcome from MSNC staff and administration before discussing the necessary “reconsecration” to the cause of education on the part of faculty and administration. This revisioning of the mission of MSNC, Elliott says, emphasizes teachers doing away with their “bags of tricks” used formerly to solve classroom problems, and instead utilizes flexibility and adaptability to move the institution and its students into the future. Elliott also speaks of the need for educated young people to halt the spread of totalitarianism around the globe.

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Eugene B. Elliott, Michigan State Normal College, World War II, normal college

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Eugene B. Elliott, Inaugural Address, 1949