James Gray McAllister

H-SC President, 1905-1908

James Gray McAllisterIn August 1905 the Board elected James Gray McAllister 1894, the younger brother of Trustee J. T. McAllister 1889. The new President was, at 32, the youngest since Cushing.

He had been an excellent student, a fraternity man, oratorical medalist, yearbook and magazine editor, officer in the YMCA, musician, and member of several clubs, including the United Order of Red-Heads. Before attending Union Seminary he had been a journalist; he quickly made a name as a preacher. In 1903-04 he had been highly visible on campus while pastor in Farmville. 

Dr. McAllister resigned in 1908 after the Board learned that he had been involved in private communication with his old fraternity brother George Denny 1891, the president of Washington and Lee, regarding the possible move of Hampden-Sydney to Lexington and consolidation with W & L. He went on to be a theological and historical writer and a professor at Louisville and then Union Seminary.