George T. Smart

Upon President’s Cole‘s death in 1925, Dr. Rev. George T. Smart undertook the role of acting president.

Rev. Smart achieved two major accomplishments during his one-year tenure as acting president. Determined to see President’s Cole’s building plans completed, Smart pushed the board of trustees to authorize the construction of the new “double dormitory,” which would later be named Everett Hall. The completion of this dormitory allowed Wheaton’s enrollment to reach 500 students.

Rev. Smart’s other major accomplishment was finding Wheaton’s second president. Smart chaired the trustee committee charged with task. Rev. John Edgar Park, well known to Rev. Smart as a professional colleague, was inaugurated as Wheaton’s second president.