Hall of Distinguished Alumni
John James Tigert
in Nashville, Tenn., on February 11, 1882. University
President. Author. University of Kentucky, Ll.D., 1921.
Died, January 21, 1965.
He was Professor
of philosophy and psychology at the University of Kentucky,
1911-17, and Professor of psychology, 1917-21. He served
both as head of the philosophy department and as head
coach at the University. For seven years, from 1921
to 1928, he was U.S. Commissioner of Education, resigning
to become President of the University of Florida, (1928-47).
From 1909-11, he has been President of Kentucky Wesleyan
College at Winchester, and for two years preceding that
appointment he was professor of philosophy and psychology
at Central College, Fayette, Mo.
He was with
the YMCA, American Expeditionary Force, Europe, for
a year during World War I, and in mid-1919 served for
four months as a member of the Army Educational Corps.
He was an extension lecturer at the University of Beaune,
He was a member
of the Executive Committee, Land Grant Colleges and
Universities, and from 1936 until 1942 was a member
of the Executive Committee, National Association of
State Universities, serving as President, 1939-40. He
was Chairman of the Joint Committee on Accrediting.
Other advisory committees included the Committee on
Inter-American Intellectual Cooperation, U.S. Department
of State; Institute of Industrial Progress; Army Specialized
Training Program (War Department); board of visitors,
U.S. Military Academy, 1944, and was Director of the
National War Fund and Chairman of the Florida War Fund
committee during World War II. He was Founder and first
President of the Southeastern Conference.
the B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University in 1904,
and as the first Rhodes Scholar from Tennessee, he was
awarded the B.A. (honorary) by the School of Jurisprudence,
Oxford University, England, in 1907. He also studied
at the Graduate School, University of Minnesota in 1916.
His Ed.D. degree was awarded by Rhode Island University,
the Washington Bicentenary Medal, and was awarded the
King Christian (Denmark) Medal of Liberation.
to the honorary Doctor of Laws degree awarded by UK,
in 1921, he received honorary degrees from Bates College
(1924); University of New Mexico (1924); Dickinson College
(1928); Hillsdale College (1928); Muhlenberg College
(1928); Florida Southern College, (1933); Rollins College
(1935); Stetson University (1935); Louisiana State University
(1943); Rhode Island University (1923), and University
of Florida (1953).
He was author
of the monograph, "Philosophy of the World War,"
and a book, "Bishop McTyeire," published in
He also was
the author of more than 200 other articles in various
journals and publications. He co-authored "The
Child--His Nature and His Needs," "The Book
of Rural Life," "Achievement, How It Is Won,"
and "High School Anthology-American Literature,
English Literature, and Types," for the Department
of Higher Education, India.
John James Tigert was named to the Hall
of Distinguished Alumni in February 1965.