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Today's Presidential Spotlight: James MacAlister

August 25, 2009

Anthony J. Drexel and business partner George W. Childs selected Philadelphia public school superintendent James MacAlister (1840-1913), pictured at right, as the first president of their new Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry. MacAlister oversaw the institute from its dedication on Dec. 17, 1891 (though his term officially began on January 1, 1892), through June 5, 1913, establishing its administrative policies and hiring its first instructional staff. A headshot of former Drexel President James A. MacAlister

~ Shaun Kirkpatrick

Interested in learning more about Mr. MacAlister, come and see the exhibition The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel on the lower level in Hagerty.

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