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Edwin A. Alderman (1861-1931)

When Winston left in 1896 to lead the University of Texas, education professor Edwin A. Alderman succeeded him. A Wilmington native without personal ties to leading North Carolina families, Alderman threw himself into primary education after graduating in 1882. With Charles Duncan McIver, he campaigned tirelessly for public schools and women's higher education, joining the faculty of the state's first female college (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro) when it opened in 1892. Alderman accepted the presidency of Tulane in 1900 and completed his career as president of the University of Virginia.