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College and Campus Trivia


The first dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Dr. Kendric Charles Babcock, had many impressive credentials. Among them, he was president of the University of Arizona, a professor of history and political science at the University of California, and author of The Rise of American Nationality.

Where did he work just before accepting his position at the University of Illinois?

Answer: He was a specialist in higher education in the U.S. Bureau of Education, Washington, D.C., before arriving at U of I in 1913.

Dr. Babcock remained the College of LAS dean for 18 years, until he retired in 1931. While he was dean, he also served as provost of the University during his last six years at Illinois. He died in 1932.

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