Harold E. Hyde

April 9th, 2010 by Bridget


hydeDr. Hyde was educated at Hartwick College , Albany State College and New York University and received honorary degrees from New EnglandCollege, St. Anselm College, Hartwick College and Plymouth State College.

He is reported to have made the shortest college commencement address in history. Setting forth three ideals, he said: “‘Know yourself—Socrates. Control yourself—Cicero. Give yourself—Christ.’ Then he sat down.”

Dr. Hyde’s educational career included services as teacher, researcher and administrator in various New York state communities, the state Department of Education in New Hampshire and 26 years as president of Plymouth Teachers College and Plymouth State College.

During his tenure at Plymouth, the college enrollment grew from about 250 to almost 3,500. Buildings added to the campus during that time included a physical education center, a dramatics-music building, a library, a science building, an infirmary, an administration building, a college union, a dining commons and a multi-purpose classroom building, which bears his name. Also added were five dormitories and two student housing complexes.  A scholarship has been created in his honor and the Hyde President’s Award to honor an individual for distinguished educational leadership.

from One Hundred Years of Service: Plymouth State College 1871-1971. Norton R. Bagley; and advancement publications

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