New MAC President

Dr. James L. Bryan
Dr. James L. Bryan

We just discovered a president of the Maryland Agricultural College that we never knew we had!  Recently we worked with staff in University Communications and Marketing to update the short biographies of all the Maryland Agricultural College/University of Maryland presidents from 1859 to the present. In the course of this research, we found claims that James Bryan had been chosen as the president of MAC in 1887, but we had never heard of him before!  Some more digging confirmed the fact that Bryan had indeed been elected president by the MAC Board of Trustees, but he never served in the position.  He decided to keep his current job, County School Examiner and Treasurer of the County School Board in Dorchester County, Maryland, despite the prospect of an increase in salary.

You can read more about our previously unknown president at


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