Presidents of the College



Elie Shneour


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Dr. Fuller replaced President Gray in October 1946. Fuller had taught chemistry at Bard since 1935, and, during the war, had worked on the Manhattan Project based at Columbia. As president, Fuller oversaw the development of an innovative integrated introductory course in the sciences (combining chemistry and physics), promoted Bard as a progressive college, and presided over events such as the international students’ conferences; the 1948 poetry conference; and student-led projects, including the organization of the Bard Fire Department and the founding of the campus radio station, WXBC. Coeducation and postwar educational subsidies ensured strong enrollment for a time, and the College prospered briefly. Dr. Fuller resigned in February of 1950 to resume a career in teaching.



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