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George F. Zook

In 1946 President Harry S. Truman appointed George F. Zook to chair a 28-member Presidential Commission on Higher Education that was given the charge of reexamining the U.S. system of higher education "in terms of its objectives, methods, and facilities; and in the light of the social role it has to play." In 1947, the Presidential Commission on Higher Education (also called as The Truman Commission) produced a six-volume report entitled "Higher Education for American Democracy" that recommended changes to expand opportunities for post secondary education and opined that “The Library is second only to the instructional staff in its importance for high quality instruction and research.”