Presidential installation: William Chamberlain

President, 1886-1890

When William I. Chamberlain became president in July 1886, the second term of the Iowa State school year had just begun. The campus community held a reception for the new president shortly thereafter, but Chamberlain asked that his inauguration be postponed until year's end. As a result, he was installed in a simple ceremony Nov. 9, the night before commencement.

The official installation ceremony included an address from the trustees, presentation of the seal and keys of the college to President Chamberlain and a response by Adonijah Welch, the first president of the college.

In his address, Chamberlain called for college growth to accommodate students and faculty. On his list of needs were a women's hall and dormitory to allow for increased enrollment of females, new houses for professors and an armory/gymnasium for military and physical training in the winter months.

President Chamberlain resigned in 1890 and moved back to his Ohio farm, where he continued to conduct agricultural experiments as well as write and lecture on ag issues. He died in 1920.