Following the death of SFSU's President Anderson in the summer of 1927, Dean of Women Mary A. Ward served as acting president until a new candidate was appointed that fall.
Ward, "the first lady of San Francisco State," was one of Frederic Burk's early students at SF State. She first served as a teacher at the normal school, and later became Supervisor of Practice Teaching one year after the institution was established at Upper Market Street, following the fire and earthquake of 1906, until she was eventually appointed Dean of Women by President Burk.
Ward was an expert in the training of mathematics teachers, and her Stanford master's thesis is still the best assessment of SF State's "Individual Instruction" method.
She served SF State a total of 44 years.
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