Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Frank Aydelotte (1880-1956) received his B.A. degree from the University of Indiana in 1900 and three years later received an M.A. from Harvard. He was named a Rhodes Scholar in 1905 and studied at Oxford University. In 1921 he became President of Swarthmore College. Aydelotte is best remembered for the drastic changes he made in the school, not only in his revision of the curriculum but changes in student life as well. His first year was spent planning Honors courses, the structure of which would be seminar style, similar to what he himself had experienced at Oxford. In October 1939, Aydelotte resigned from the presidency of Swarthmore to become the second director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he served until his retirement in 1947.