Excerpt from The Hellenian, 1900, Vol. 11
On leaving college he immediately entered on his chosen work of edu cation, being elected principal of the Goldsboro High School. In 1885, he assumed the superintendency of the Goldsboro Graded School which, by skillful organization he made prominent among North Carolina's public schools. From 188 5 to 1887 he held the prominent position of president of the North Carolina Teachers' Assembly. In 1889, as State Institute Con ductor, he began a three-years' canvass of the State that resulted in untold good to the cause of education.
From 1892-93, he held the chair of History and Literature at the State Normal and Industrial School, which he had done so much to establish, but he resigned this to take the chair of Pedagogy at the University of North Carolina. While Occupying this position the task of organizing the University Summer School was imposed upon him. So successful was he in this undertaking that the school is now one of the best of its kind in the whole country and has made for itself a distinctive place among the State's educational institutions.
In 1896, the president's chair being vacated by Dr. Winston, the trus tees unanimously elected him to fill the place. The choice gave great satis faction to all sections, parties and professions throughout the State. Soon after his election the honorary degree of Doctor of Common Law was con ferred on him by the University of the South.
Dr. Alderman has been at the head of the University now for four years. During this time the same vigor in administration and skill in organization that have characterized his previous work have been evident.
Among the great educators of the country, Dr. Alderman is not without honor. He is an honorary member of the Maryland Historical Society, and a member of the National Education Association author of the Life of William Hooper, and A Brief History of North Carolina. In June, 1899, the Tulane University of Louisiana, conferred upon him the degree of LL. D. And in April, 1900, called him to the presidency, made vacant by the death of Colonel William Preston Johnston. As president of the University of North Carolina, Dr. Alderman has taken rank with the very best college presidents of America. Under his management there has been a steady increase in the number of students, the income of the University, and the number of volumes in the library. Many of the stately old dormi tories of earlier days have been remodeled and beautified without destroying their historic effect the Alumni and Law Buildings have been completed, and the Library Building renovated and refurnished. The greatest tribute to his worth as an executive is his creation of a wonderful unity of purpose and action among the Faculty; a high college spirit among the students. And an unﬂinching faith in his ability to lead to greater things on the part of the Faculty, students and trustees.
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