True B. Emerson
True B. Emerson was dean at CSAC when Jacob Johnson was called to active duty during World War II. The State Board of Agriculture appointed Emerson as acting president in Johnson’s absence.
During most, if not all, of Emerson’s tenure, the campus was home to the Army Air Force Training Command (AAFTTC) as well as holding classes for college students.
Two years after Johnson’s return from the war front, Emerson was appointed by Governor Turner in 1948 to be the first state textbook director under a new law providing for the state to begin furnishing free textbooks for the lower grades.