Drown Named President
Thomas Messinger Drown’s early years at Lehigh were characterized by financial difficulty, as the Panic of 1893 had devastated the University’s stock holdings in the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He was, however, able to lead the university to growth in enrollment, academics and physical size. Drown’s tenure saw the establishment of the department of zoology and biology, the development of the curriculum leading to a degree in arts and engineering, and the completion of Williams Hall. Drown Hall, currently the home of the English department and the Writing and Math Center, is named in his honor.