Duke University senior officers in the 1950s. From left, Student Life Vice President Herbert Herring, President Arthur Edens, Vice President of Education Paul Gross and Vice President for Public Relations Charles Jordan

On This Day: February 19, 1960

Duke President A. Hollis Edens Resigns

Duke University may not have become the world-class institution it is today were it not for the resignation of its president A. Hollis Edens. He and Vice President for Education Paul Gross disagreed on how the university could achieve its aspirations and Edens eventually was forced to step aside, allowing for the start of a long-range planning process that would set Duke’s direction for the next decade. Years later both were honored – Edens with a residential quad and Gross with a new chemistry building.