North Central College - Naperville, IL

150 Moments: President C. Harve Geiger, 1946-1960

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President C. Harve Geiger, 1946-1960
President C. Harve Geiger, 1946-1960

Appointed North Central College’s sixth president in 1946, C. Harve Geiger was born in Indiana and attended Manchester College and the University of Chicago, where he received his bachelor’s degree in 1922. He received an M.A. in education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.

Geiger served as a faculty member at Iowa Wesleyan, University of Dubuque and Coe College before his inauguration as president.

Geiger’s tenure oversaw a rapid expansion in physical facilities, the student body, faculty, staff and extra-curricular opportunities. In the years following the end of World War II, the G.I. Bill filled the campus beyond its capacity.

In 1948, the Peter Kroehler Memorial Dormitory on the acquired Kroehler campus was completed. Geiger’s administration also saw the completion of new construction of a library shared by the College and seminary in 1954, Seager Hall as a men’s dormitory in 1954, a second women’s dormitory at the Kroehler campus in 1956 and Geiger Hall in 1957. The old Carnegie Library was renovated into the Alumni Hall of Science.

The College’s faculty and staff expanded to meet the demands of an increased student body. The first of new administrative positions included vice president of the College to which Harvey F. Siemsen ’20 was appointed. In 1950, Floyd Thompson ’50 was appointed the College’s first admission counselor, and in 1955 the Rev. George St. Angelo ’43 was named the first chaplain. During the final year of Geiger’s administration, the plans for the College Union were formulated.

Geiger retired in 1960 and resided in Naperville as the College launched its centennial celebration. He died in 1975.

Photo ca. 1950