Valparaiso Male and Female College President, 1869-1871
The last president of the Valparaiso Male and Female College was the Rev. Aaron Gurney, a local clergyman, lawyer, and editor.
Gurney attempted to raise money and increase student numbers, but enrollment declined until only two programs – commerce and music – could be offered. In 1871, the board of trustees closed the College and designated a committee to locate other groups who would use the property for educational purposes.