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Sheldon Jackson College and Westminster College:
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 come from all areas of the college and community. Many Westminster presidents attend 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 include 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.
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This collection consists of 4 informational handbooks, dating 1983-1998, for members of the Board of Trustees of Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah. The handbooks include administrative directories, bylaws, college histories, lists of board members and committees, newspaper articles, organizational charts, reports, and surveys.
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Westminster College Board of Trustees handbooks, 1983-1998, ACC-173, Giovale Library Archives, Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Arranged chronologically by year.
Processed December 2008 by Rebekah Sappington.
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 December 2008 by Rebekah Sappington; expanded May 2014 with biographical/historical note written by Sarah Shaw.
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2014 May 8 by Sarah Shaw
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Related collections in Giovale Library Archives:
Westminster College (Salt Lake City, Utah : 1902-1983)--History--Sources
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Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources