The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 45, July 1941 - April, 1942 Page: 50
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
In 1912, President Milner established the School of Agri-
culture and the School of Engineering, thus separating the two
functions of the college for the first time, and placed each
under a separate dean. He then raised the college requirements.
In the 1912 Longhorn, following the dedication, there ap-
peared "An Appreciation of the President," which almost
amounts to a second dedication. It shows the students' estimate
of Colonel Milner's influence had not lessened since the dedi-
cation of 1909. From it it is taken the following excerpt:
There is a personal side to student life that is em-
phasized in our relations with each other and our rela-
tions with the officers of the institution with whom we
come in contact during our college years. This leads
us to an expression of our appreciation of Col. R. T.
Milner, the president of A. & M. College of Texas,
who began his administration at the very time that
this Senior Class enrolled as Freshmen. He came to
the college at a critical time in its history, and bring-
ing together the scattered influence of a badly dis-
organized official family, he harmonized interests that
had to be harmonized to make for success.'8'
This appreciation might be used to indicate the high-water
mark of Colonel Milner's administration of the affairs of
A. & M., for the peaceful waters were by 1912 already show-
ing unmistakable signs of agitation. In 1911, Milner's friend,
Tom Campbell, turned the executive reins over to his successor,
O. B. Colquitt. During the new administration President Milner
locked horns many times with the Governor over conflicting
ideas and ideals. Evidence that Colquitt from the first did not
think Milner the right man for that position is found in the
assertion of James Hays Quarles, managing editor of the Waco
Morning News at this time and former librarian of A. & M.,
that read, in part:
Soon after Governor Colquitt's first election there was
published a statement in the papers that Col. Milner's
resignation might be called for. This was a feeler,
and it met with strong opposition, so much so that
the scheme was abandoned for the time being.85
During the summer of 1911, Colonel Milner wrote the United
States War Department to detail a commandant at the college,
s18The Longhorn, 1912, p. 13.
a18"Politics Puts Out Col. Milner," Waco Morning News, June 12, 1913.
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