1962 - 1975

William C. H. Prentice

In 1962, trustees found President Meneely‘s successor in William Courtney Hamilton Prentice, a psychology professor and administrator from Swarthmore College, who held the Wheaton presidency until 1975.

During his tenure, Wheaton completed its first successful capital and endowment campaign, enabling the construction of a new Science Center in 1968.

In 1971, in the face of a faculty vote supporting Wheaton’s change to coeducation, Prentice and the trustees recommitted the College to women’s education.

In 1975, Prentice and his wife, Elsie (Benton) Doty, were awarded honorary degrees, and the endowed William C. H. & Elsie D. Prentice chair was established.