In honor of Edgar Finley Shannon

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Tree species:
Fraxinus pennsylvanica
Common name:
Green Ash
The Lawn, Pavillion VIII-X
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Edgar Finley Shannon, Jr. attended Washington & Lee University, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He received masters degrees from both Duke and Harvard Universities. Beginning at a remarkably young age of 40, Shannon was fourth president of the University of Virginia, serving from 1959-1974.

Working to bring the University into national prominence, Shannon concentrated his efforts on attracting a renowned faculty and building first-rate facilities on Grounds to meet the needs of the faculty and students. During his tenure at the University, enrollment went from a mere 5,000 to 15,000 students. Following his term as president, Shannon returned to full-time teaching as Commonwealth Professor of English and was elected president emeritus in 1988 by the Board of Visitors.

(from "The Shannon Legacy: Steering a Growing University through Turbulent Times and into National Priminence", By Larry J. Sabato)

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