Stratton D. Brooks

Stratton D. Brooks

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Stratton Duluth Brooks (September 10, 1870 – January 18, 1949) was the third president of the University of Oklahoma and eleventh president of the University of Missouri.

Early life

Stratton Brooks was born in 1870 in Everett, Missouri. At the age of two, he and his parents moved to Michigan where his father, Charles Brooks, was a frontier sheriff. Brooks was educated at the University of Michigan and held a master's degree from Harvard University. Prior to being appointed president of the University of Oklahoma, he had been superintendent of Boston public schools.

University of Oklahoma

When Brooks was first being courted for the position of OU president in 1911, he at first did not want the position. It was seen as a fledging university and many on the East Coast were "still in shock" at the summary discharge of former president David Ross Boyd. He wasn't approached again until 1912 while at a national superintendent's meetings in St. Louis, Missouri. He was approached by William A. Brandenberg who was a member of the new Oklahoma State Board of Education. Again, Brooks refused the job but Brandenberg continued to pursue telling him that the Board desired to keep politics out of the selection process. Brooks still refused but gave advice on how to keep politics out of the process by...
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