Scope and Contents
This collection includes a copy of "President's Report to the General Conference," Marion College president William F. McConn's third quadrennial report presented to the General Conference of the Wesleyan Church on June 24, 1943. In his report, he mentions the accreditation of the elementary education teaching degrees, the enlargement of the college's library, the educational advancement of faculty, and the news that the school was for the first time completely out of debt. McCann's report notes that enrollment had increased despite the war, with registration of women at an all-time high and the enrollment of defense factories workers also accounting for the increase in the student body. The report also mentions that only one of the school's students fighting in the war had been killed up to that time, a young flier shot down in the South Pacific.
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Marion College was founded in 1920 following the purchase of the Marion Normal Institute in Marion, Indiana by the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. The school opened with five academic programs: the academy (high school), the college, the music department, the theological department, and the oratorial department. From 1932 to 1960, Dr. William F. McConn served as president of the college, and under his leadership, a college of arts and sciences and a divinity school were established and the college came to fulfill an important role in Christian higher education. Over the years, enrollment has continued to increased and additional academic programs have been added. In 1988, the college changed its name to Indiana Wesleyan University and based on enrollment, has become the largest private college in Indiana.
Indiana Wesleyan University. "About IWU." Accessed April 4, 2022. https://www.indwes.edu/about.
Indiana Wesleyan University. "The IWU Story." About: IWU Profile. April 4, 2022. https://www.indwes.edu/about/iwu-profile/iwu-story.
The Wesleyan Church. "Wesleyan Higher Education Arrives in the Heartland." Accessed March 31, 2022. https://www.wesleyan.org/wesleyan-higher-education-arrives-in-the-heartland.
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