Thomas Nelson Conrad

Thomas Nelson Conrad of Fairfax Court House, Virginia was the third president of Virginia Tech (then Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College. He played an active role in influencing Blacksburg as the location of choice for the new college. Prior to his presidency, he taught at Preston and Olin Institute in 1871.

There were many changes at VMAC under Minor. The college switched from semesters to the quarter system which remained in place until the late 1980s. The college's new librarian spent $2,229.96 entirely on books of fiction and poetry and a museum was opened. For the first time ever, the school’s farm became financially successful. [ cite web|url= |title=Life & Times of Virginia Tech Presidents |accessdate=2007-08-15 |publisher=Office of the President of Virginia Tech ]


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