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Richard, George (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 59, Number 11 (March 1958)

Conrad Arnold Elvehjem: 13th president of the University,   pp. [2]-[7]


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13th President of the University
T HE THIRTEENTH president of the University of
    Wisconsin will be Conrad Arnold Elvehjem, '23.
  Named last month by the Regents to succeed President
Edwin B. Fred on July 1, 1958, Dr. Elvehjem will bring
to his new position a world-wide reputation for his work
in biochemical research; a record of unqualified success in
administration as dean of the University's Graduate
School; and outstanding achievement as a working, loyal
alumnus of the University he has served for more than
three decades.
  The nomination of Dr. Elvehjem came in a dramatic
moment of what might have been a routine meeting of
the Board of Regents on Saturday, February 1. There had
been no "news leaks"; predominant speculation was that
any announcement along presidential lines would prob-
ably come in March.
  The thoroughness with which the Regents had guarded
their deliberations was proved with the disclosure that Dr.
Elvehjem himself had first learned of their decision that same
Saturday morning. At the time he was confined to his home
with an attack of flu, and a group of Regents called upon
him to offer him the position.
  Afte r D E hc
selection committee, Regent Charles D. Gelatt '39, returned
to Bascom Hall to describe to his fellow Regents, faculty'
representatives and the press the committee's lengthy and
thorough search for a "superman" capable of meeting the
presidency's wide-ranging responsibilities.
  Gelatt said his committee has received hundreds of sug-
gestions (many of them as a result of a request made in
the Wisconsin Alumnus), considered more than 100 nomina-
tions, and interviewed 15 to 20 persons intensively. Various
Regents traveled from coast to coast looking for the best man
available.
  "We are confident we have selected one of the nation's
most outstanding educators, research men and scientists,"
Gelatt concluded.
  This praise was echoed by other members of the Board
of Regents. Board President Wilbur Renk observed:
  "As we traveled about the nation, we were impressed by
the eminence in which the University of Wisconsin is credited
in academic circles everywhere. We were told we have men
as good or better at home as anywhere-and that, I believe,
is a feather in the cap of Pres. Fred."
  The chairman of a faculty advisory committee, Prof. Edwin


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