History of the Presidency

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.

1944-1948

George William McClelland, President

Born 1880 in Dobbs Ferry, New York
Died 1955 in Little Deer Isle, Maine

B.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1903
M.A. in English, University of Pennsylvania, 1912
Ph.D. in English, University of Pennsylvania, 1916
Hon. LL.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1931

  • Instructor of English and Latin, City College, New York City, 1903-1911

  • Instructor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1911-1917

  • Assistant Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1917-1924

  • Professor of English, University of Pennsylvania, 1924-1950

  • Professor Emeritus, 1950-1955

  • Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Pennsylvania, 1915-1921

  • Director of Undergraduate Admissions, 1921-1925

  • Vice Provost, 1925-1928

  • Vice Provost in charge of Undergraduate Schools, 1928-1931

  • Vice President in charge of Undergraduate Schools, 1931-1939

  • Provost, 1939-1944

  • Trustee, University of Pennsylvania, 1948-1955

Significant events in or aspects of University history during the McClelland administration:

  • 1946: ENIAC, the world's first all-electronic digital computer, was designed, constructed and put into production at Penn

Biographical sketches of Penn Presidents (including Acting and Interim Presidents) and historically significant aspects of University history during each administration.