Emil Maeser

Born on or sometime around March 29, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Emil Maeser served as the fourth president of the college.

He attended Brigham Young Academy and also taught classes there during the 1895-1896 school year. Then, Maeser became the principal of the Fielding Academy in Paris, Idaho.

Under Maeser's leadership, he assisted in reopening the college, and the Alumni Association and Athletic Club were organized. He also oversaw the first published college newspaper, developed plans later used for construction of the gymnasium, added the first library, ceased teaching elementary grades, and improved curriculum. However, Maeser's greatest accomplishment while president was gaining academic recognition for the college by developing an academic charter.