175 Makers of History: Marion Luther Brittain

Marion Luther Brittain 1886C 28H
President, Georgia Institute of Technology

Marion Luther Brittain

Dedicated to the cause of education, Marion Luther Brittain embarked on a career in administration, working in Atlanta public schools and assuming the post of state school superintendent in 1910.

Brittain was known for standing up to corrupt politicians and creating dramatic improvement in the Georgia school system. He was elected president of Georgia Institute of Technology in 1922, overseeing the establishment of the first ROTC unit in the South and the creation of the School of Aeronautics with a prestigious $300,000 gift from the Guggenheim Foundation.

In 1942, Brittain donated funds to his alma mater to create the highest student award for "recognition of unselfish service to the University."