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Residence Hall

McKinney Dorm

Job Position

President of Cedarville College


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Creation Date

Winter 2024


Dr. David McKinney became the first president of Cedarville college in 1894, appointed by the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church. While president, he continued to serve his congregation of the First Reformed Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati and commuted by train to Cedarville twice weekly to provide leadership in the development of the fledgling college. Dr. McKinney was known for his energy and determination to see the college well established. He knew every student personally and he was known as an inspiring speaker and a man of intellectual ability. After resigning from the presidency in June 1915, McKinney continued as President Emeritus and Trustee until his death in 1934. It was said of him that he “assumed leadership of an organization that had only a charter and a piece of bare land, and left it a thriving college, free of debt with three substantial buildings, a dedicated faculty, loyal alumni and an increasing number of faithful supporters” [Cleveland McDonald, The History of Cedarville College, 48]. McKinney Hall, constructed in 1995, was named in his honor.

Source: Barbara Loach, Cedarville University: Defining Legacies