Dean Charles Bessey

Dean Charles E. Bessey stood in as acting Chancellor from 1888 until 1891, and his actions during these years were imperative to the survival and growth of the University. Bessey exerted his efforts to promote the Industrial College and the experiment station at UNL. He published a string of articles in the Nebraska Farmer to convince farm boys to receive a higher education that was necessary for their success in farming. Bessey received much criticism from the legislature in terms of agricultural decisions for the college, and a bill was contemplated that would separate the agricultural college from the rest of the University.  Due to the ending of the legislative session, the bill was postponed, and Bessey with the Board of Regents succeeded in keeping scientific agriculture connected to the University. At this point, Bessey was not satisfied with this result; he attempted to strengthen the Industrial College by placing all science classes in that particular college.  Despite hardships and arguments, this period of the University was marked by a new hope for a bright future. Bessey, with the assistance of Board of Regents President Charles Gere (Geyer), appointed James H. Canfieldto fill the position of Chancellor which gave the University the stimulus to create this anticipated future (Manley 108-110).