Adams State University is pleased to dedicate McDaniel Hall in honor of Dr. John E. McDaniel, emeritus professor of history, at 2 p.m. Friday, August 17. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments and tour of the building will follow the ceremony.
McDaniel believes “Quality education with a personal touch,” best describes Adams State. According to generations of Adams State alumni, faculty, and staff, this sentiment best describes McDaniel. His commitment to his teaching career and students began when he joined the history faculty of Adams State in 1967 and continues, even after his retirement in 2007.
McDaniel pledged the second largest donation in the college’s history to create the McDaniel Scholarship Trust. He committed the bulk of his estate to provide scholarships to help students for decades to come. He intends the trust to assist students with tuition, as well as book expenses and room and board.
Adams State students already benefit from the scholarship program McDaniel created partnering with the ASU Foundation, alumni, and faculty. Through his efforts, 40 individual scholarships assist students with tuition. He donates $5,000 to each fund, matched by the donor and the Adams State University Foundation.
During his tenure at Adams State, McDaniel taught history, government, philosophy and English. From 1994 until 1998, he served as head of the History, Government, Philosophy and Foreign Language Department, and for 14 years presided over commencement ceremonies as faculty marshal.
He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English from Texas Christian University, and then studied French culture and civilization at the University of Strasbourg on a Fulbright Grant.
Following college, he served as an officer in the United State Air Force during the Korean Conflict. McDaniel had begun doctoral work at Harvard in the late 1950s, but postponed his graduate studies to work in John F. Kennedy’s 1960 presidential campaign; he then served in the Kennedy administration and was later Chief of Staff to an Oregon congressman. Following the Kennedy assassination, McDaniel completed his doctoral work at the University of Texas before joining the Adams State faculty in 1967.
Formerly known as the Education & Social Sciences (ES) Building, located at First St. & Richardson Ave., a newly renovated McDaniel Hall opened for classes for the spring 2012 semester. Half of the college’s on-campus students attend classes in McDaniel Hall five days a week.