Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
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 in 1874.
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, 1996.