President of Kansas State Normal School
from 1901 to 1906
Jasper N. Wilkinson served as the sixth president of Kansas State Normal School, later Emporia State University, from 1901-1906. Wilkinson was a graduate of Illinois State Normal University and came to KSN in 1884 as director of training and physical culture. He later was vice president of KSN before succeeding Albert R. Taylor as president. During his tenure, the first organized basketball game was held in 1901. He is most remembered for his contribution to the development of physical education at KSN. Following his tenure as president at KSN, he went into business in Oklahoma.