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John Redd Hutcheson

Born: Jan 13, 1886

Death: Jan 13, 1962

Birthplace: Charlotte Court House

Nationality: United States

John Redd Hutcheson

Date of Birth : Jan 13, 1886
Date of Death : Jan 13, 1962
Birth Place : Charlotte Court House

John Redd Hutcheson was the ninth President of Virginia Tech. He served from January 12, 1945 to August 12, 1947. VPI alumnus John Redd Hutcheson, known as Dr. Jack, agreed to take the job as president of VPI only for a few years. A former school teacher, high school principal, and university instructor, Hutcheson started working for the Virginia Agricultural Extension Service in 1914 as a livestock specialist and became its director in 1919, developing a national reputation as an agricultural leader. Shortly after the affable Hutcheson took over the presidency on August 14, 1945, Japan surrendered to end World War II, and a two-day celebration ensued. When the fall quarter began soon thereafter, enrollment nearly doubled that of the previous quarter. The new president worked to prepare the campus for the influx of returning veterans as the college moved from wartime to peacetime conditions. The veterans generally had no interest in joining the corps of cadets, and for the first time, during winter quarter 1946, civilians outnumbered cadets on campus. With the explosion in civilian students, 3,100 living on campus and another 900 day students came a need for housing.

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