The Personal Equation
A Biography of Steadman Vincent Sanford

Charles Stephen Gurr


“Provide[s] insight into higher education and the workings of the University System of Georgia during its formative years.”
Georgia Historical Quarterly

“Provides a rich, comprehensive chronicle of the life of an understudied and underacknowledged figure in the development of public higher education.”
—John Thelin, author of Higher Education and Its Useful Past

“A well-written, lively biography.”
—John Whitehead, author of The Separation of College and State

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Steadman Vincent Sanford was a distinguished educator instrumental in shaping higher education in Georgia and in the South during the first half of the twentieth century. Sanford joined the University of Georgia in 1903, founding the Henry W. Grady School of Journalism and serving as its dean. He rose through the administration, serving as president from 1932 to 1935 and then as chancellor of the University System of Georgia until his death in 1945. Sanford was also a major contributor to the athletic program at the university—its football stadium still bears his name. While focusing on Sanford’s accomplishments as a teacher, leader, and administrator, Charles Stephen Gurr draws the portrait of a man for whom the ties of family, friendship, and community were immensely important and whose personal and professional legacy lives on in the lives he influenced and the institutions he led.

Page count: 296 pp.
Trim size: 6 x 9

Read more about Steadman Vincent Sanford at the New Georgia Encyclopedia.


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Before his retirement in 1994, Charles Stephen Gurr served as executive vice president, academic dean, and professor of history at Gainesville College. He is one of the general editors of The New Georgia Guide and coeditor of The Dictionary of Georgia Biography.