Bain Collection, Library of
Congress Prints & Photographs
Raymond A. Pearson
(1873-1939) was president from 1926 to 1935.
A native of Indiana, Pearson received an M.S. from Cornell in 1894. Upon
graduation, he became assistant chief of the Dairy Division of the United
States Department of Agriculture in 1895; later he became a professor of
dairy science. He then served as New York
Commissioner of Agriculture before going to Iowa State College as
president. While at Iowa State College he served as Assistant Secretary
of Agriculture during the war emergency period of 1917-18.
His main contribution to Maryland was a greatly expanded physical plant,
both in Baltimore and College Park, with 13 buildings added, as well as
The Board of Regents (formerly the Board of Trustees)
requested Pearson's resignation because of personality conflicts, his
apparent over-emphasis on construction projects, accusations of neglect of
the faculty, and two widely-publicized court cases.