William LeRoy Broun (1827-1902)

President, Alabama A&M College (1882-1883, 1884-1899)

President, Alabama Polytechnic Institute (1899-1902)

In 1850 William LeRoy Broun graduated from the University of Virginia. His work in education began soon after that, was interrupted by the Civil War, and continued until his death. 

Before coming to Auburn, he headed the Confederate Arsenal at Richmond, taught at the University of Georgia, and later at Vanderbilt University. 

He served briefly as president of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama in 1882-1883, resigned to accept another position, and then in 1884 returned to Auburn, where he remained president until his death in 1902. 

During Brounís administration, the name of the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Alabama changed to the Alabama Polytechnic Institute.


Inventory of the President's Records
Listing of the records generated by the President and his office during his tenure.  Arranged by subject.
Synopsis of the President's Annual Reports to the Board of Trustees
Chronicles the significant events of the President's term in office, including the activities of the schools and departments.
Synopsis of the Minutes of the Board of Trustees for the President's term
Provides another view of the events treated by the President in his Annual Reports.
Synopsis of the President's Correspondence
Letters between the President of the University and various political leaders within Alabama.  Provides insight into how the school has maneuvered through the state's political system.
History of Broun's Presidency
A short chapter about the major issues facing the President, written by Archives faculty members.

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