GEORGE TAYLOE WINSTON
George Tayloe Winston, the first regular president of
The University of Texas at Austin, died on August 26, 1932. He was 79.
President Winston was born on October 12, 1852, in Windsor,
North Carolina. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University
President Winston first taught at Cornell University.
He later taught at the University of North Carolina, where he also served
as secretary of the faculty. In 1891 he was appointed to the presidency
of the institution. During his administration both the university's
income and student enrollment grew substantially.
Invited to deliver the commencement address at UT Austin
in June 1896, he so impressed the regents that they named him the first
regular president of the institution. Under his leadership, new faculty
members were brought in and the curriculum was revised. The University
Record was established and the Main Building was expanded. In 1899,
after three years at the helm of the University, President Winston accepted
the presidency of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of North Carolina.
President Winston was involved in other academic endeavors.
In 1895 he was president of the Association of Southern Colleges and
Secondary Schools. He wrote numerous reports and articles and published
one book, Daniel Augustus Tompkins, a Builder of the New South
(1920). He also received honorary degrees from Davidson College, Trinity
College, and the University of North Carolina.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta
and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 5, 2001.
Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker Texas
History Center and the New
Handbook of Texas, Texas State Historical Association,