WJON — St. Cloud State University is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. Once a month Archivist Tom Steman comes on the News @ Noon Show on WJON to talk about the long history of the school. Tuesday the topic was the school’s presidents.
There have been just 24 presidents in the 150 years. Steman says just two of them were not born in the United States.
“They were all born in the U.S. except for Brendan McDonald who is Canadian and Ashish Vaidya who was born in India,” he said.
The first “president” was Ira Moore, he actually held the title of “principal”, from 1869 until 1875.
Just four of the presidents also graduated from St. Cloud, including Brendan McDonald who held the position from 1982 until 1992.