175 Makers of History: Ernest Cadman Colwell

Ernest Cadman Colwell 23C 27T 44H
President, University of Chicago; Founding Director, Institute of Liberal Arts

Ernest Colwell

After graduating from Emory College and Candler School of Theology, Ernest Cadman Colwell earned a PhD from the divinity school at the University of Chicago and joined the Chicago faculty, serving in many roles, including as president, until 1951.

At Emory, Colwell served as vice president and dean of faculties, founding the Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. From 1957 to 1968, Colwell was president of the Claremont School of Theology in California, establishing the school on a new campus after its separation from the University of Southern California in 1956.

For many years, Colwell chaired the executive committee of the International Greek New Testament Project and chaired the Board of Trustees of Atlanta's Interdenominational Theological Center.