University of Maryland Archives
Albert F. Woods (1866-1948) served as president from 1917 to 1926.
Woods, a noted scholar, served in the United States Department of
Agriculture and advised international agricultural conferences. He was dean and director of the College of Agriculture, College of Forestry, and experiment station and acting president of the University of Minnesota when the trustees offered him the position as president of the Maryland State College of Agriculture.
He came just as the United States entered World War I and, as a result,
became the commandant of a military camp. The U.S. government established
the Reserve Officer Training Corps and the Student Army Training Corps in
the land grant colleges with the faculty and administration temporarily
under Army command.
Entrance requirements were raised, and both the liberal arts and
engineering curricula were greatly improved. A new building, several
temporary structures, and other various improvements were also completed. Both
enrollment and the budget increased following the war.
Woods created seven schools, each with its own dean: agriculture, engineering and mechanic arts, liberal arts, chemistry, education, home economics and the graduate school.
Under Woods's leadership, the College merged with the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1920. Woods also oversaw the accreditation of the new university by the American Association of Universities in 1926. He resigned that same year, but
remained with the school's agriculture department until 1948.
on campus, built in 1948, was named after Woods in 1954. Woods
home to the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Women's Studies and
the Curriculum Transformation Project.Raymond A. Pearson, President, 1926-1935