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University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

April 14, 1919
At a special meeting of the University's Executive Committee, acting-Chairman of the Faculty (later to be president of the University) Harry W. Chase recommended that Professor Eugene Cunningham Branson be made the sixth Kenan Professor. Professor Branson, who organized the Department of Applied Rural Economics and Sociology, had received an offer from the University of Virginia, but the Kenan Fund enabled the University to keep him on staff.