This second volume explores the "Hannah years." Today’s Michigan State University cannot be separated from the enormous influence of one man, John Hannah, who steered its growth, academic programs, influence, and international prestige. During his tenure as Michigan State College and Michigan State University president, the land-grant institution grew from an enrollment of just over 6,000 to just under 40,000. This dramatic increase necessitated an extensive building program. The curriculum was also upgraded and modified. In 1944, the Basic College, a national prototype, was established to provide instruction to incoming students. Other innovations included Adult Education (1951), the International Program (1950s), MSU–Oakland University (1959), and the creation of a medical program (1960s). As the twelfth president of Michigan State University, John Alfred Hannah served from 1941 to 1969. His tenure was characterized by the unparalleled growth of the university, in the size of the campus, enrollments, political controversy, and achievements.
David A. Thomas owns and operates David Thomas Communications, in East Lansing, Michigan. His articles have appeared in many publications, including Michigan History, Travel/Holiday, The Detroit News, and Business Mexico.