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John E. Roessler and Milo J. Bowman


Valparaiso University Interim President, 1922

Milo Jesse Bowman, Valparaiso University’s dean of law, served as president on interim basis for six months, succeeding John E. Roessler.


Valparaiso University President, 1921-1922

Valpo alumnus John E. Roessler was serving as professor of German when he was selected as University president in 1921, after controversial President Hodgdon was dismissed.

Roessler was successful at reconciling the various contentious factions that had formed among students and faculty during Hodgdon’s presidency, and with the help of Vice President and Professor of Mathematics Alpheus Americus Williams, Roessler managed to balance the University’s budget. Unable to make headway against the University’s large accumulated debt, however, Roessler retired in the spring of 1922.