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Sheldon Jackson College, Salt Lake City, Utah (1895-1901): Sheldon Jackson College in Salt Lake City, Utah was chartered in 1895 and opened 1897 on the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute campus. The one and only commencement was held on June 4, 1901. The Board of Trustees approved a name change to "Westminster College" on Feb. 6, 1902. Sheldon Jackson and his wife signed an agreement to the name change on April 25, 1902.
In late March, 1892, the Presbytery of Utah, in planning for a possible college in Utah, elected a Board of Trustees for the proposed college, consisting of five ministers (Rev. S.E. Wishard of Ogden, Rev. G.W. Martin of Manti, Rev. Josiah McClain of Nephi, Rev. C.M. Shepherd of Springville, and Rev. R.G. McNiece of Salt Lake City) and four laymen (Col. W.M. Ferry of Park City, F.E. Gregg and Frank E. Pierce of Salt Lake City, and W.I. Brown of Nephi). Robert G. McNiece was named President (Chairman) of the Board, Rev. McClain, Secretary, and Gill S. Peyton was appointed Treasurer. A committee was formed to begin drafting by-laws and a constitution for the proposed college.
In August, 1892 the Board proposed the name "Salt Lake College". In April and May, 1893, the Board examined four locations proposed for the campus; Ogden was considered especially attractive, but further study returned the Board to its original resolution to locate in Salt Lake City, and this was confirmed.
By August, 1896, with support from Sheldon Jackson, the college was named "Sheldon Jackson College" and the Board of Trustees under this name held its first meeting in Salt Lake City. The first order of business was to elect a President, and General John Eaton of Washington City was chosen.
In a letter dated May 1898 to Mrs. Jeanette H. Ferry, Robert G. McNiece mentions the plan to consolidate Sheldon Jackson College and the Salt Lake Collegiate Institute and informs Ferry that both Dr. Eaton and Dr. Jackson have given their approval
In 1902, William Montague Ferry (1824-1905), a trustee of Westminster College, would step in and provide the college with the funding it desperately needed, buying the property that the campus currently occupies.
Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah (1902- ): Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Utah came into official existence as an educational institution when the Board of Trustees approved a name change on Feb. 6, 1902 from the earlier name, Sheldon Jackson College. For a few years, the letterhead on Westminster College stationery included the notation "formerly Sheldon Jackson College". College classes were suspended 1909-1913 but resumed in 1914. Westminster College as a legal entity was closed June 30, 1983 and reopened the next day on July 1, 1983 as "Westminster College of Salt Lake City", technically a new institution. The name was changed back to Westminster College in 1998.
Westminster College Boards of Trustees: Trustees came from all areas of the college and community. Many Westminster presidents attended Board meetings, probably in an advisory non-voting role since the president reports to the Board of Trustees, which has the power to hire or fire a president. A few were either members before becoming president (such as B.C.J. Wheatlake), or went on to become members of the board as Presidents Emeritus. The trustees also included major donors, businessmen, community leaders, and ministers. Beginning in the 1970s, the names of some faculty, alumni, and students begin to appear in the list of trustees.
George W. Martin, a Presbyterian missionary, was an early trustee of Westminster College.
The early Treasurers of Westminster College were officers of the Board of Trustees; Parke M. Pontz held this office from 1921-1954, followed by Ralph S. Gunn (1954-1964).
Harold R. Waldo, Sr. was Secretary to the Board from 1933-1965.
Below is a partial list of various categories of Trustees who served between 1946-1974, drawn from A short history of Westminster College, Salt Lake City: the first century, 1875-1975 by Emil Nyman, College Archivist. Nyman included a five-page "Appendix D. Trustees 1946-1974 (Alphabetical)" in his publication.
Chairmen of the Westminster College Board of Trustees from 1946-1974:
Ministers of various churches:
Other community and educational leaders:
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This collection consists of the articles of incorporation records, dating 1895-1998, of the Board of Trustees of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah, and the earlier associated institution, Sheldon Jackson College (1895-1901). Materials include the original articles of Sheldon Jackson College, signed and witnessed on November 14, 1896, and the Westminster College Articles of Incorporation, its amendments, and other changes.
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Sheldon Jackson College and Westminster College Board of Trustees articles of incorporation records, 1895-1998, ACC-134, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Arranged chronologically by date.
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Sheldon Jackson College (Salt Lake City, Utah). Board of Trustees
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983). Board of Trustees
Westminster College of Salt Lake City. Board of Trustees
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1998- ). Board of Trustees
Collection materials are in English.
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Finding aid written in May 2007 by Giovale Library staff.
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2013 November 14 by Sarah Shaw
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Sheldon Jackson College (Salt Lake City, Utah)--History--Sources
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Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources