Now in his 90s, former Harriman resident Walter Douglas Smith helmed Francis Marion University from its first days as a state college.
Recently, the Florence, S.C., school honored him with the unveiling of a statue on its campus.
Smith was president from when the school opened with little more than 900 enrollees in 1970, until he retired in 1983.
“I’m very pleased to have been a part, particularly to be there when the doors first opened in 1970. Today it is a very good campus,” Smith said.