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Joseph John Mills served as president from 1884-03. Mills studied at the University of Michigan and Earlham, and previously served as principal at the Beech Grove Meeting school in Valley Mills, Indiana.
Although he never finished his college education, he was highly respected as a school administrator. He also served at schools in Wabash Ind., and as Assistant Superintendent of Indianapolis schools. He was a recorded minister of the Society of Friends and a leader in Western Yearly Meeting. During his tenure, the college constructed its first classroom and administrative buildings, Lindley and Parry Halls.
Mills served as president for nineteen years, presently the longest tenure of any president at the College.