Records of the President of the University of Nevada, Joseph Edward Stubbs
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The records of University of Nevada President Joseph Edward Stubbs include the syllabus of the third lecture, "An Hour with Aristotle," part of a six-lecture course, An Historical Study in Ethics," by Dr. Joseph E. Stubbs, who was President of the University from April 26, 1894 until his death on May 27, 1914; printed transcriptions of his public addresses, his reports to the Board of Regents about the University, and the issue of the University of Nevada Sagebrush containing his obituary.
- Stubbs, Joseph Edward, 1850-1914 (Person)
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Joseph Edward Stubbs was born in Ashland, Ohio, on March 19, 1850. He obtained his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1873 and 1876, respectively. While an undergraduate, he became principal of Delaware High School and was a Greek and Latin tutor at the university. He married Ella America Sprengle, and they had one son, Ralph Sprengle Stubbs. He was superintendent of the city schools in Ashland until 1886, when he became president of Baldwin University in Berea, Ohio. In 1890, he received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from German Wallace College. He spent two years in Europe studying German philosophy before becoming the third president of Nevada State University in 1894. He was also appointed to serve as Director of the Nevada Experiment Station. He was a skilled orator.
During his administration, the University’s Alumni Association was established and twelve new buildings were erected on campus. He worked with Clarence H. Mackay and Mrs. Marie Louise Mackay, major donors who were instrumental in shaping the Reno campus and its facilities. In 1899, he served as national president of the Association of American Agricultural and Land Grant Colleges and was a long-time member of the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education. Stubbs oversaw the establishment of a university high school and academic departments for animal husbandry, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering, range and forage studies, and veterinary science. He was a charter member of the Nevada Historical Society, which was established in 1904. He took a leave of absence in 1912-13 to study ethics at Oxford University. His administration ended with his unexpected death on March 27, 1914, in Reno.
The Nevada Territory's Constitutional Convention of 1863 developed sections providing for the establishment of a State University or Agricultural College, with a Mining Department, and made provision for a Board of Regents. A revised constitution, with detailed provision for a State University, was adopted at the general territorial election of September 7, 1864, the year Nevada was admitted to the Union. The State University was established in Elko in 1873 and opened in 1874, functioning as a preparatory school. In 1885, the Legislature approved a bill authorizing the removal of the State University from Elko to Reno, where it opened in March 1886. President Joseph E. Stubbs established the University's first standing committees, including one on university extension. University extension lecture courses were offered in western and northern Nevada along railway routes, enabling faculty to perform outreach services and student recruitment while providing cultural enhancement for residents of the state.
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The records of University of Nevada President Joseph Edward Stubbs include the syllabus of the third lecture, "An Hour with Aristotle," part of a six-lecture course, "An Historical Study in Ethics," by Dr. Joseph E. Stubbs; printed transcriptions of his public addresses, his reports to the Board of Regents about the University, and the issue of the University of Nevada Sagebrush containing his obituary.
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- Stubbs, Joseph Edward, 1850-1914 (Person)
- Nevada State University. Department of University Extension (Organization)
- A Guide to the Joseph Edward Stubbs Papers
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- September 24, 2015
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