Jasper N. Wilkinson

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Wilkinson, Jasper Newton, 1851-1933.
Jasper N. Wilkinson
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Biographical Note

Jasper Newton Wilkinson was born on September 19, 1851 in Vinton County, Ohio. His parents were Jackson Wilkinson and Mary Morrison. Wilkinson began teaching at the age of sixteen in the primary department in Newberg, Illinois. He attended the Illinois Normal School where he graduated in 1874. After graduation he accepted the principalship of Buda, Illinois schools until 1879. In June of 1879 Wilkinson married Nellie Reynolds. They would have two daughters, Edith and Lucile. After leaving Buda, Wilkinson would hold principalships in Peoria and Decatur, Illinois. During his time in Illinois he was the state editor of both the Educational Weekly and the New England Journal of Education. In 1884 Wilkinson accepted a position in the training department of the Kansas State Normal School. Wilkinson served as the President of the Kansas State Teachers Association in 1889.

After President Albert R. Taylor resigned Jasper N. Wilkinson was chosen to be the sixth president of the Kansas State Normal School in 1901. During his tenure as president, Wilkinson continued to make policy adjustments that would improve the quality of graduates from the Kansas State Normal School. In 1901 the Kansas State Legislature approved an appropriation that would fund Summer semesters, previously Summer school had been funded completely by fees that students paid. During his first year as president Wilkinson prohibited students who were failing to continue their program at Kansas State Normal School. He also changed the requirements to earn a degree, only students who completed the 4-year program would be awarded degrees. In the Fall of 1901 the first organized basketball game was played at the Kansas State Normal School. During the 1902 academic year the administration decided to change the mileage reimbursement policy, which reimbursed students the cost of travel over 100 miles to attend Kansas State Normal School, to limit the reimbursement to 3rd and 4th year students. In 1903 Wilkinson’s administration saw the dedication of the new library building, which was now separate from the main building, and a new training school was built. A new grandstand overlooking the athletic fields was built in 1905. From 1905 until 1907 Wilkinson was the treasurer of the National Education Association. Wilkinson resigned in 1906.

After his resignation, Wilkinson purchased the Citizens Bank of Pryor in Oklahoma and held the position of president there until 1910. Mr. Wilkinson was also an active member of the Free Masons and the Rotary Club. After he sold his interest in the Citizen’s Bank of Pryor, he was involved in various business and financial ventures until his death on January 11, 1933 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Jasper N. Wilkinson is buried in Greenhill Cemetery in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

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Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School- President.

Personal Name(s)

  • Wilkinson, Jasper Newton, 1851-1933.

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