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Our very energetic president is completely aware of his responsibili- ties and various tasks at all times. He tells and represents " The Florida Nor- mal Story " wherever he goes. Some of the special activities en- gaged in by our beloved and capable president during the past ten years are reflected in Pictorial Review found on the next pages as follows: The top photo above shows a very serious presi- dent in session with the college Board of Trustees . . . (Photo at right) He is a dynamic president as he addresses a huge audience during the annual Donation Day Program . . . (Below) A very solemn president displays his respects to the founders of the college during the traditional Founder ' s Day Observation. Donation Day Program. , 3k» -. Traditional ceremony at the scene of the founders ' graves.
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This yearbook is dedicated to our distinguished " President, " Dr. R. W. Puryear, who has striven untiringly to better our College in the past 10 years. During his ten years as president, Dr. Puryear directed and ac- complished the following: 1950: He became the sixth president of Florida Normal and Indus- trial Memorial College. During the same year, the name was changed to Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College. 1951: The college became approved by the Florida State State De- partment of Education and accredited by the Southern Asso- ciation of Collegees and Secondary Schools. The Florida Baptist Association Scholarship Aid program for needy students initiated. 1952: An Extension Division was organized for the in-service of ministers at Daytona Beach and Jacksonville, and supervision of Extension Divisions at Marianna, River Junction, Fort Lau- derdale, and Tampa was also extended. 1953: The college was elected to membership in the Association of American Colleges and in the American Council on Edu- tion. Development program initiated. 1955: Florida Normal received grants from the Ford Foundation and a chapter of Alpha Kappa Mu was organized on the campus. 1957: A Trust Agreement with the Florida Baptist Foundation for Endowment Funds was completed. Development program passed $350,000 mark. 1958: Participation in American Baptist Convention CHEC program. Freshmen admitted to expanded curriculum. 1959: The $10,000 Danforth Grant was matched and another $10,000 grant was received to be matched. A third grant was received from the U. S. Steel Foundation. 1960: Climaxed a decade of dedicated and excellent services as president of this Baptist institution of higher learning with the same vigorous enthusiasm for the future of the college that has become a living symbol of President Puryear ' s ad- ministration at Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College. Mr. President, we are grateful to you for your everlasting endeavor to make Florida Normal and Industrial Memorial College what it is today. We extend to you our best wishes for success and happiness in the years to come.
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A very sociable President and Mrs. Puryear al- ways find time to entertain all freshman students when they arrive and the seniors before their de- parture, as seen in the picture at the top of the page below. In the other photo we see a very enthusiastic president installing officers and advis- ors for the student NEA . . . Center photos reveal a relaxed and gay president attending a chapel program and crowning " Miss Florida Normal.
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