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[Item description]. Records of Dennis Hargrove Cooke's Tenure as President of East Carolina Teachers College. UA02-04. University Archives, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
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.
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.