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George Hutcheson Denny

President, Washington and Lee University, 1901–1911

George Hutcheson Denny was born in Hanover Court House, Va., in 1870. He graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1891 and also obtained an M.A. there in 1892. He received a Ph.D. in Latin from the University of Virginia in 1896. He taught Latin at Pantops Academy in Charlottesville, Va., at Hampden-Sydney and at W&L, where he chaired the Latin Department. In his decade of service, Denny increased enrollment from a little over 200 to 617 students; improved the physical plant and finances; saw W&L establish a Phi Beta Kappa chapter; enhanced student governance with the establishment of the Executive Committee; and experienced the first Mock Convention and Fancy Dress. In 1911, Denny accepted the presidency of the University of Alabama.