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Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.). Board of Personnel Administration


The Board of Personnel Administration was established in 1936 and held its first meeting on June 25th of that year. The Board was an outgrowth of University President Walter Dill Scott's interest and background in personnel psychology, and represented an amalgamation of the previously existing Personnel Office with the Offices of the Dean of Men and Dean of Women.

According to a press release announcing the formation of the Board, its eight members included persons who had previously “been close to the problems of undergraduate life (and) ... been responsible ... for personnel research, for the management of student finances, dormitories and part-time employment activities. Without the assignment of specific title these functions will be distributed in the new group in such a way as to conserve the benefit of experience and to assure continuity of service." The Board also included the Registrar and Director of Admissions as ex-officio members, and was chaired by the Assistant to the President.

The Board of Personnel Administration became defunct sometime after 1942, possibly in connection with a reorganization of the University's student affairs functions following the opening of Scott Hall in 1940.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Minutes of The Board of Personnel Administration

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 30/5
Abstract This series consists of two bound volumes containing the minutes of the Board of Personnel Administration from its establishment in 1936 through May 13, 1942.