President Augustus B. Church, 1901-1912

Augustus B. Church was the last Universalist clergyman to serve as president of Buchtel College and the first person to assume the broad responsibilities of chief executive officer. In fact, Church served both as president and as a trustee of the institution – as well as pastor of the local Universalist church. He died in 1912 of pneumonia brought on by exhaustion.


Buchtel College becomes a non-denominational, private liberal arts college.


Buchtel College offers the world’s first courses in rubber chemistry.