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Meyer, Samuel L. (Samuel Lewis), 1906-


Biographical Note

Samuel Lewis Meyer was born on November 9, 1906, in Steinmetz, Missouri. He received a bachelor's degree from Central College in Fayette, Missouri in 1930, and was awarded a master of science degree from Vanderbilt in 1932. Meyer received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1940. He was the second Ohio Northern president since to not be an ordained Methodist Minister (joining President Belt).

The post-World War II building boom that began under President McIntosh continued during the Meyer administration. New academic buildings included the completion of the new College of Pharmacy building, a new academic building for the College of Law, a new religious center (that included classroom space and a chapel), a new science center, a new arts center (that included gallery space), and a new undergraduate library. Other significant additions included new athletic facilities, new residence halls, and fraternity houses. The ONU campus experienced multiple significant events during Meyer's presidency. On January 11, 1968, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited campus and spoke on racism in America and his anti-war sentiments. Additionally, Ohio Northern's Centennial was celebrated as a year-long event and from August 1970 until August 1971 events and commemorations were held. It was during Meyer's presidency that Ohio Northern adopted the motto “Ex Diversitate Vires” which translates to “From diversity strength.” In May of 1976, President Meyer announced his intent to retire.

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Samuel Lewis Meyer

Identifier: 3
Collection Overview From the Collection:

This collection contains various records related to the Office of the President beginning in 1930 with the Presidency of Robert Williams. Common records found in the collection include reports, memos, inauguration records, speeches and various printed materials.

Dates: 1930-2011