John A. Bascom President 1874-1887
  • Born in Genoa, New York on May 1, 1827
  • On January 21, 1874, the regents elected Bascom president, and he took office with the beginning of the spring term on March 31
  • Taught a special course for seniors on the importance of using their education to improve society
  • Died in Williamstown, Massachusetts on October 2, 1911
  • Main Hall was renamed after him, along with the hill it sits on, in 1920