A.B., Indiana University, 1931; M.A., Indiana University, 1932; Ph. D.,
University of Chicago, 1936
Teaching Experience: Assistant Professor of
German, University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, 1936-1943
Ministerial Experience: None
Administrative Experience: Assistant Director of
Extension, Indiana University, 1945-46; President, Canterbury College,
Danville, Indiana, 1946-48; Dean, Depauw University, 1958-50;
Vice-President, Coe College, 1950
From the Coe College Courier, Nov
1950, Vol. 51, No. 2
Edgar C. Cumings assumed the presidency of Coe College on October 12.
vice-president of the college in May, the 40-year-old Indiana educator
was designated by the Coe board of trustees to succeed Dr. Byron
Hollinshead on his resignation as president in July.
Cumings came to Coe from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana,
where he was dean of the university and acting president during the
illness of President Clyde Wildman.
previous college experience has included the presidency of Canterbury
College in Danville, Indiana, and the administrative posts at the
University of Rochester and Indiana University.
Cumings' qualifications for the eventual presidency of Coe had been
considered by Dr. Hollinshead and the trustees in March when Dr.
Cumings first came to Cedar Rapids for the interviews," said Arthur
Poe, chairman of the board.
that time it was decided Dr. Cumings should be brought to Coe as
vice-president of the college and as a possible candidate for the
presidency at such time as Dr. Hollinshead might decide to retire from
his duties as head of the institution."
Cumings' appointment is the result of a long search for a man of his
native of Bloomington, Indiana, the new president was graduated from
Indiana university in 1931, and received the M.A. degree from the same
institution in 1932.
a year's study at the University of Leipzig in Germany, he attended the
University of Chicago graduate school, receiving the Ph.D. in Germanic
languages and literature there in 1936.
Cumings served as instructor and assistant professor of German and as
administrative assistant at the University of Rochester in Rochester,
New York, from 1936 to 1943.
was acting dean of the college for men during the summer of 1942.
1943 to 1945, Dr. Cumings served with the U.S. Navy. He was
attached to the war orientation office of the U.S. Naval Training
center, Bainbridge, Maryland.
new president served as assistant to the director of the Indiana
university extension division in 1945 and 1946.
1946 to 1948 he was president of Canterbury college in Danville,
Indiana. In the fall of 1948 he was appointed dean of the
university at DePauw University.
Cumings is a member of Phi Beta Kappa honorary scholastic fraternity,
and of Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.
also holds membership in the National Education association, the North
Central association, and the American Association of University
Professors, the Modern Language association, the Indiana Conference on
Higher Education, the Society for the Advancement of Education, and
several other professional organizations.
Cumings has contributed to "School and Society," "The Churchman," "The
Germanic Review," "The American Journal of Folklore," and other
biography of Coe's new president is included in "Who's Who in American
Education," "The Biographical Directory of American Scholars," and the
yearbook of Phi Beta Kappa.
and Mrs. Cumings have two children, Robert, 10, and Bruce, 5.