Inaugural History

Howard I. Dillingham

President, Ithaca College, 1957-1970

Howard Dillingham came to Ithaca College in 1951 as assistant to the president. In 1953 he was promoted to vice president.

Herman B. Muller, chairman of the College's board of trustees, announced Dillingham's appointment as president, noting that "Dr. Dillingham has been with the College nearly five years, and has, through his work as vice president since 1953, demonstrated his competence as a college executive. The members of the Board of Trustees have great confidence in his ability to discharge the duties of this important and critical office."

Dillingham was officially invested as president during a convocation on October 12, 1957. The event was held at the Presbyterian Church in downtown Ithaca.