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On This Day In Alabama History: Pivotal UA President George Denny Was Born

| December 3, 2019 @ 2:00 pm

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

His name later memorialized in Tuscaloosa landmarks like Denny Chimes and Bryant-Denny Stadium, George Denny was born on this day in 1870. He assumed leadership of the University of Alabama campus in 1912. At the time, the school was in poor financial condition, with just 400 students and no reliable funding. By soliciting foundation grants and creative lease agreements, Denny was able to sell enough people on the future of the Capstone to grow student fees and out-of-state enrollment. His investments into athletics put the university on the map, highlighted in the 1920s with Alabama’s newfound prominence in football and Rose Bowl appearances.

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