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Miller Upton

1954-1975

Excerpted from "Seven Presidents of Beloit College" by Dr. Robert Irrmann:

Beloit's sixth President, Miller Upton, came to the College from the Deanship of the School of Business and Public Administration of Washington University, St. Louis in 1954. An economist with his graduate degrees from Harvard and Northwestern Universities, Miller Upton's was the third longest presidency in the College's history. Irenic in temperament, President Upton tried to come to decisions with his Faculty by consensus whenever possible. The quiet decade of the fifties gave way to the restlessness of the earlier sixties, and both President and Faculty were of a mind on the need for change. The earlier innovation of the Porter Scholars Program was now succeeded by the Beloit Plan of 1964: a three term academic year which with its components freed the student in effect largely to plan a college career around a solid academic major enhanced by the possibilities of overseas seminars, the field term, and the latitude to arrange time at Beloit and elsewhere as fitted the individual's needs and desires. President Upton was an unremitting proponent of innovation to harmonize the curriculum with changing student attitudes and interests. Open to Faculty and Students alike, sensitive to the anxieties of a society wracked by social and racial issues, Miller Upton guided the College through tense times and issues. Having carried the burden of the College through the changing and troublesome years of the early seventies, Dr. Upton relinquished his presidency of twenty-one years upon his resignation in 1975. He left an expanded physical plant, equalling his predecessor President Eaton in the number of structures added to the College: the Library, the Theatre, the Science Complex, the addition to the Anthropology building, the new dormitories, and the adaptation of older structures to serve as Student Union and the World Affairs Center. His administration also was marked by increases in both the size and diversity of the student body and by achievement of a growing national reputation for the College.

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