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(Neb)-Former CSC President Clark Elkins Dies At Age 94

By: John Axtell Posted at: 11/29/2017 03:12 PM
CHADRON -  Funeral services were held Tuesday in Jonesboro, Ark, for Dr F. Clark Elkins, the 6th president of Chadron State College. Elkins, who received the CSC Distinguished Service Award in 1989, died at his home on Saturday at age 94.

        Elkins served as president of CSC from 1961-1966, a period of great growth for the school as enrollment nearly doubled to almost 1,600 students and 5 new buildings were constructed - the Kline Campus Center, Armstrong, the National Guard Armory, and the Kent and Andrews residence halls.

       When he left, funding was already approved for 3 more buildings - the High Rise Dormitory, Reta King Library, and a new heating plant - and the Chadron State Foundation had been established to help students with scholarships and loans.

       Elkins was credited with improving the academic side of Chadron State as well by recruiting more professors with doctorates, encouraging other faculty to purse advanced training when available, strengthening its accreditation status, and winning more funding for salaries, benefits, and classroom equipment

      A B-29 pilot in WWII with 36 combat missions over Japan, Elkins was a history professor at Henderson State College in his native Arkansas when he visited Chadron State in the fall of 1960 as part of an accreditation team.

        A year later, he was its president, a post he held until taking the same position at Northeast Missouri State, now Truman State. Elkins left there after 2-1/2 years to become vice president at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, where he spent 11 years before becoming president at Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff - his last post before retiring.

        Elkins was preceded in death by his wife, Norma, in 2012, while survivors include their daughter and her husband; a grandson, granddaughter,  great-grandchild, all of Jonesboro.


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