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Abstract

George Edgar Vincent was President of the University of Minnesota from 1911 to 1917. In these few years he did much to revamp the University, which many thought had become a complacent institution lacking in vitality. Of the numerous schools and departments that he overhauled or inaugurated, probably the most contentious struggle he encountered was in dealing with the Medical School. This paper looks at Vincent the man and his background in an attempt to clarify his goals and motivations in his dealings with this institution. It then goes on to examine some of his accomplishments in light of this background and in particular the result of his restructuring of the Medical School.

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