President Jerome and the University

BGSU President William T. Jerome speaking to students after the Kent State shootings

President Jerome addresses crowds of students organized in protest against the Kent State Shootings.

Jerome's reception at BGSU was always mixed; throughout the sixties, his distaste for the BG News' increasingly inflammatory writing has been well-documented. His decision to keep the university open in the face of overwhelming chaos, however, cemented his legacy as a measured, intellectual leader. 

Numerous university departments, including German and Russian, Biology, and Math Education, as well as dozens of faculty from their own departments, pledged their support to Jerome in the final, tumultuous month of his presidency.

Additionally, many students wrote and visited his office to commend his leadership skills. By the time the crisis wound down, students, faculty, and administrators viewed Jerome as the symbol of his institution and the peaceful ideas it stood for.