June 8, 1896
On June 8, 1898, the Rev. Dr. William C. Roberts officially took over as president of Centre College founded by Presbyterians in 1819 in Danville, Kentucky. When the Northern and Southern Presbyterian church split in 1861, they also fought over control of the college. In 1867, the courts ruled that the Northern branch had ownership. In 1873, Central University in Richmond, KY, was chartered to the Southern Presbyterian church. Under Dr. Roberts' administration, the two schools were merged on July 16, 1901, as the Centre College located in Danville.