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February 4, 1919
Kemp Plummer Battle died at his home, Senlac, in Chapel Hill. Battle served as University president from 1876 to 1891. In addition, he authored the two-volume "History of the University of North Carolina." Senlac is now owned by the Carolina Baptist Student Union and is used for its functions and members.
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February 28, 1919
At a meeting of the Executive Committee, President Harry W. Chase proposed the creation of a chair of sociology. After the committee agreed with his recommendation, Chase nominated Howard W. Odum, who at the time was chairman of the College of Liberal Arts and of the Council of Deans at Emory University. Odum accepted the appointment, and the University established the principle of using the Kenan funds to attract distinguished faculty from other institutions.
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