Willis Baxter Boyd was the first president of Dixie College, from 1912-1914.
A graduate from Burrit College in Van Buren County, he attended the University of Chicago
for graduate study. Boyd taught English literature and moral sciences at Dixie College.
Dr. W. B. Boyd at the Happy Valley Stock Farm near Cookeville, TN.
Source: Tennessee State Library and Archives Photograph Collection
Image ID: 5246, File Location: Box 1, File 96
Dr. Willis Baxter Boyd
b. 1 February 1876, Pikeville, Bledsoe Co., TN
d. 14 August 1945,Humboldt, Gibson Co., TN
Wife: Nan Denton (Ford) Ranchfuss, md 29 April 1911.
Father: Benjamin Franklin Boyd
Mother: Margaret Howard
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam Co., TN
See Willis Baxter Boyd Story
Build in 1911-1912, this was the only building of Dixie College, although architect
William B Stetner had drawn a complete campus sketch. All of the functions of the school
occurred in this main building. Dixie College opened in 1912 and closed in 1915.