Office of the President

CU Past Presidents

George Norlin

1919 - 1939

Probably the most beloved and admired of CU presidents, George Norlin was well known to the university community when he became its head in 1919. He came to CU in 1899 and was an inspirational professor and scholar of Greek until appointed acting president in Livingston Farrand’s absence in 1917.

During his 22 years as president, Norlin oversaw the student population triple to 4,500 and the development of the beautiful campus designed by Charles Klauder. He managed to complete a $4 million building program during the Great Depression.