1st President

Horace Mann Bond

Bond was born in 1904 to a college-educated African-American minister. As a young man, he demonstrated extraordinary intellectual potential and intelligence. He enrolled in Lincoln University, where he graduated in 1923. Bond’s flourishing career as both a historian of education and a college administrator, was underway when he accepted the FVSC presidency in 1939. Bond is the father of civil rights activist Julian Bond.

Horace Mann Bond continued Hunt’s work by focusing on teacher training for rural blacks. The school quickly flourished under his stewardship (1939-45). The college’s finances doubled and state appropriations tripled – a remarkable accomplishment since black colleges weren’t traditionally funded the same as majority institutions. In 1940, Dr. W.E.B. Du Bois delivered the first Founders’ Day address on October 10. His speech entitled, “The Significance of Henry Hunt” celebrated the school’s second principal. Bond resigned in 1945.