George B. and Minnie W. Cutten

George B. and Minnie W. Cutten

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George Barton Cutten, class of 1896, was a preacher, author, lecturer, and Acadia University's seventh President. Born in Amherst on April 11, 1874, Dr. Cutten earned his Ph.D. at Yale University. During his 12-year presidency, he increased enrolment from 200 students to more than 300, increased the number of courses offered from 63 to 158, increased the number of faculty members from 15 to 25, built six new buildings, and almost doubled the university's endowment (from $392,000 to $700,000). He took a deep interest in the Acadia Library: he initiated and raised funds for the purchase of the $10,000 J.P. Edwards Library of Canadiana, a collection of 15,000 books and pamphlets that is now known as the Dennis Collection, and he continued to give books to the library even after he resigned in 1922 to become president of Colgate University in Hamilton, New York.

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