Schofield + Davies Display
Two photo panels in the Chancellors Room, Davies Center 311, present UW-Eau Claire's first two presidents early in their administrations. They are an informal counterpoint to the official portraits of Harvey A. Schofield and William R. Davies that were presented for display in Davies Center's Presidents Room in 1960.
Harvey Schofield (front row left) is shown seated on the front steps of the Old Main Building (Schofield Hall) with the 1917 football team. Schofield was 39 years old in March 1916, when he was elected the first president of Eau Claire Normal by the state board of normal school regents. In his 25 years at Eau Claire he navigated the school through the Great War and the Great Depression, saw enrollment grow from 159 to more than 700, and developed the normal school into a four-year teachers college.
Harvey Axford Schofield was born March 28, 1877, in Augusta, Wisconsin. In 1901 he completed a two-year program in English at Stevens Point Normal, where he excelled in debate, oratory, football, track and dramatics. While studying at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Schofield was fullback on the varsity football team and captain of the basketball team. He received a bachelor's degree in philosophy in 1904. Before accepting the presidency at Eau Claire, Schofield had been principal of Central High School in Saint Paul. He was previously a principal in Superior; a teacher in Augusta, Ellsworth, Neillsville and Stevens Point; and he taught civics and history and coached athletics at the high school in Madison.
Harvey Schofield stands at the center of the second display panel, a photograph taken in May 1941 in front of the Old Main Building. President William R. Davies (right) is shown at his first Commencement ceremony. At left is Dr. Silas Evans, President of Ripon College (1910–1917, 1921–1943). Davies graduated from Ripon College in 1915.
Davies was named second president of the Eau Claire State Teachers College in December 1940, when Schofield retired due to poor health. Schofield died at his summer home at Lake Chetek on August 3, 1941, at the age of 65.
In creating the Chancellors Room display panels, graphic designer and photographer Amanda Obenhoffer selected and edited images from the Special Collections and Archives area of McIntyre Library. Obenhoffer received a bachelor of fine arts degree in photography from UW-Eau Claire in 2006, and a BFA in graphic design in 2010. She joined the University Centers staff in 2009.