Ernest Fox Nichols

President, 1909-1916

The appointment of Ernest Fox Nichols as the 10th president in the Wheelock Succession could be seen as both a reflection of the times and a tribute to the quality of Dartmouth's faculty. A member of the physics department, Nichols' pioneering work in the measurement of radiation expanded the frontiers of knowledge at the turn of the last century. He was the first Dartmouth president since John Wheelock who was not a member of the clergy, yet his deep appreciation of the importance of broad-based scholarship to the moral and spiritual growth of students was internationally recognized. Many of the College's most cherished institutions and traditions took shape during the Nichols administration, including the Dartmouth Outing Club and Winter Carnival. In addition, to improve communications between Dartmouth and its growing body of graduates, President Nichols established the Council of Alumni.

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Portrait Artist & Donor Information

Joseph Rodefer DeCamp, Ernest Fox Nichols, 1917
Oil on canvas
Hood Museum of Art
Gift of the Trustees
Hood Museum Object Number: P.917.2