Staff Reporter | The Observer
Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, whose unprecedented 35-year tenure as president of Notre Dame revolutionized the University, making him one of the most influential figures in higher education, and whose dedication to social issues brought him worldwide recognition, died Feb. 26. He was 97.
When Hesburgh became the 15th president of Notre Dame in 1952, the University was comprised of all males. It was owned and operated by the Holy Cross Order with an endowment of $9 million and yearly student aid to tuition at $20,000.
When Hesburgh retired in 1987, Notre Dame had grown its student body to include both men and women, with a total enrollment of 8,477 in 2014. He transitioned the school’s governance to a mixed board of lay and religious trustees that still operate the University today. The endowment had grown to $350 million over 35 years and student aid hit $40 million.
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