President Edward S. Keene (Acting, 1921)
Edward S. Keene was born at Rock Island, Ill., Oct. 8, 1864. He earned both his Bachelor of Science in engineering in 1890, and his Master's of Engineering in 1912 from the University of Illinois. He remained at the University of Illinois where he taught mechanical engineering from 1890-1892. He joined the North Dakota Agricultural College in 1892 as head of the Department of Physics and Engineering. He organized military training on campus in 1895 and served as captain with two other instructors serving as lieutenants. He was named dean of the School of Mechanic Arts in 1918. When President Ladd in 1921 resigned to take his Senate seat, Professor Keene served as acting president. Dean Keene resumed the deanship when President Coulter was appointed in 1921. Due to poor health, Keene resigned in 1926. He died Aug. 12, 1928.
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