Records of the Chancellor: Records of Dennis Hargrove Cooke

University Archives #UA02-04
Physical description
0.5 Cubic Feet
Preferred Citation
[Item description].  Records of Dennis Hargrove Cooke.  UA02-04, Box [number].  University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
East Carolina University Archives
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The collection includes newspaper clippings, correspondence and supporting documentation about Dennis H. Cookes short tenure as president of East Carolina Teachers College.

Biographical/historical information

Dennis Cooke was born in Maiden, North Carolina, on February 23, 1904, the son of Avery and Alice (Keener) Cooke. He married Gertrude Murray in December 1925 and they had two sons, Dennis H. and Avery M. Cooke.

Cooke served the elementary school in his community as principal in 1922-23. He was principal of the high school in Aberdeen, 1925-26, and held a principalship at Masonic High School, Oxford Orphanage, 1926-28.

Dr. Cooke received the A.B. degree from Duke University in 1925, and the M.A. degree from the institution in 1928. He was a teaching fellow at Duke University in 1928-29, and a teaching fellow at Peabody College in 1929-30.

When he became president of East Carolina Teachers College, Dr. Cooke was chairman of the Department of Educational Administration at Peabody College. He joined the faculty at Peabody College as an associate professor of education after receiving his doctorate from the institution in 1930. Later he became associated with the school of administration.

Cooke assumed his duties at ECTC on August 1, 1946 and announced his resignation in May of 1947. He went on to serve as the third president of High Point University from 1947-1959.

Scope and arrangement

The collection contains correspondence and clippings related to Dennis H. Hargroves time as president of East Carolina Teachers College. The files include information about his acceptance of the position as president at ECTC, requests for funds to survey the program at ECTC, reviews of probationary faculty, letters seeking summer school instructors, and information about salaries for 1947 summer school faculty. The files also include correspondence and clippings about Cooke's resignation from ECTC after only one year.

Administrative information
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This collection is a part of Records of the Chancellor

Key terms
Personal Names
Cooke, Dennis H. (Dennis Hargrove), 1904-1982
Corporate Names
East Carolina Teachers College--Administration
East Carolina Teachers College--History
East Carolina University. Board of Trustees
College presidents--North Carolina--Greenville
Education, Higher--North Carolina--History

Container list
Box 1 Biographical Information and Acceptance of Position at ECTC, 1946
Box 1 Correspondence, undated
Box 1 Correspondence, 1947 May - August
Box 1 Administrative Records, 1946-1947
Box 1 Board of Trustees, 1946-1947
Box 1 Faculty Policies Committee, 1946-1947
Box 1 Practice Teaching, Correspondence with J.H. Rose, 1946-1947
Box 1 Resignation and After, 1947-1962
Box 1 Belk, Henry, Member of the Board of Trustees, 1946-1947