John Arthur Randall
|4th President of the Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute|
|Preceded by||Royal B. Farnum|
|Succeeded by||Mark W. Ellingson|
|Born||July 25, 1881|
Durham, Maine, US
|Died||June 9, 1968 (aged 86)|
Boonsboro, Maryland, US
|Resting place||Sweeney Cemetery, North Tonawanda, New York|
|Spouse(s)||Georgiana W. Hathaway|
|Parents||Greenfield A. Randall|
Julia D. Penley
|Alma mater||Wesleyan University|
During World War I, Randall served as Under Secretary of War (1918) to Secretary of War Newton D. Baker in the administration of President Woodrow Wilson. He also served in the War Plans Division of the United States Department of War. He and Dr. C.R. Mann developed the Army Alpha Intelligence Test, thought to be the first attempt of its kind to measure vocational and numerical ability. In 1932, he was commissioned as Colonel in the Special Reserves, assigned to the U.S. Army General Staff.
From 1932 to 1936, he served as a special consultant to the Senate Committee investigating crime and racketeering. He also served as President of the Science Department of the National Education Association.
Randall was instrumental in introducing the method of "case study" to RIT, in further developing the co-op program at RIT, and in the decision that RIT would not grant degrees and would instead provide "short, intensive courses". In 1936, he left RIT to direct the Division of Educational Aids of the National Youth Administration.
He held memberships in many professional societies during his lifetime, including:
- the Society for the Promotion of Engineering Education
- the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
- the American Management Association
He married the former Georgiana Waldron Hathaway in 1936. His daughter, Marcia, married his successor, Mark W. Ellingson.
- Saffran, Michael (March 2007), "RIT's presidential history", RIT news & events, Henrietta, NY: Rochester Institute of Technology, 39 (11), archived from the original on 2008-01-24, retrieved 2008-01-18
- Gordon, D.R. (2007). Rochester Institute of Technology: Industrial Development and Educational Innovation in an American City, 1829-2006. RIT Press. p. 122. ISBN 9781933360232. Retrieved 2014-10-04.
- "John A. Randall Dies; former RIT President", Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, Rochester, New York, p. 6B, June 10, 1968
- "John A. Randall", Hagerstown Daily Mail, Hagerstown, Maryland, p. 9, June 10, 1968
Royal B. Farnum
| President of the Rochester Athenæum and Mechanics Institute
Mark W. Ellingson
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