Office of the President of New College: Arland F. Christ-Janer Papers, 1973-1975
- 1.50 Linear Feet
- English .
- Preferred citation:
- Office of the President of New College of Florida: Arland Christ-Janer Papers, New College of Florida Archives, New College of Florida, Sarasota, Florida
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- Conditions Governing Access:
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- Scope and Content:
The Office of the President of New College of Florida: Arland Christ-Janer Papers contain the records of Arland Frederick Christ-Janer from 1973 to 1975 in the form of correspondence, printed materials, financial documents, legal documents and photographic materials.
- Biographical / Historical:
Arland Frederick Christ-Janer (1922-2008) was born in Nebraska and received his Bachelor of Arts at Carleton College. He, also, earned degrees at Yale Divinity School and the University of Chicago. During World War II he served in the Pacific as a bombardier in the 39th Bomb Group, a U.S. Army Air Force B29 squadron.
He served as an administrator for Lake Erie College, Saint John's College, president at Cornell College and later became president of Boston University, during a period of political turmoil and resigned in July 1970. Christ-Janer was appointed as College Entrance Examination Board's president in the same year.
As President of New College of Florida from 1973 to 1975, he was responsible for the facilities, programs and faculty. During his years as President, he faced challenging financial situations from decreased enrollment, large deficits and insufficient fund-raising efforts. He considered several options for the survival of the College, and finally orchestrated the merger with the University of South Florida. During his presidency, the private New College ceased on June 30th, 1975 to continue as New College of the Universtiy of South Florida. Christ-Janer was successful in maintaining the four year undergraduate degree program, the college's identity, the College's education principles, selective admissions and faculty positions. With the success of the merger, Christ-Janer was out of a job and he went on to accept a position as president of Stephens College in Missouri. His final academic position was held at the Ringling College of Art and Design (latter, Ringling School of Design) in 1984 and the endowment was raised to the highest level in its history, the campus was renovated and the school began offering four year degrees. He retired in 1996 and served on the board of the Ringling Art Museum until his death in 2008.
Note written by Gail Donovan
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