Spencer, Samuel Reid, Jr.


Samuel Reid Spencer, Jr.
Samuel Spencer
Sam Spencer, Davidson College president who hired Will Terry, 1960s
Alumnus Richard H. Little's letter of protest to President Sam Spencer, which enumerates his concerns about Davidson's changing commitment to the Presbyterian church, June 2, 1971.
Spencer, Samuel Reid, Jr.
The first president of the Davidson student body to become president of the college was Samuel Reid Spencer, Jr., class of 1940. After graduating summa cum laude from Davidson College, Dr. Spencer, LL.D. served in the U.S. Army during 1940-1945 and was released from active duty as a major. He entered Harvard University graduate school, where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. In 1951, Spencer returned to Davidson to serve as assistant to President Cunningham. After three years at Davidson, he was named Dean of Students and Associate Professor of History, advancing to full professor in 1955. He left Davidson in 1957 to become president of Mary Baldwin College. From 1966 until 1968, he served on the Davidson College Board of Trustees. In 1968, he returned once again to Davidson and accepted the office of presidency.
Death Date
President of Davidson College: 1968-1983