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Harry Woodburn Chase

To accommodate the rising number of applicants, Chase and the faculty, especially history professor Frank Porter Graham, successfully campaigned for increased state support. For the budget year 1920-21, the state appropriated $215,000. By 1928-29, the amount had risen to $880,000. Funds also flowed into construction projects, allowing the university to build more dormitories, classroom buildings, and laboratories. The new funds also enabled the university to hire more instructors and give raises to current faculty. Enrollment leapt from fifteen hundred at the beginning of the decade to over three thousand at its end.