NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ- On this day in 1925, the inauguration of the new Rutgers President, Dr. John M. Thomas, headlined the Daily Home News. Thomas welcomed his "new responsibilities" declaring that "Rutgers should lead" as the State University. Thomas also suggested the establishment of a "Bureau of Research" for public schools, growing the existing activities and appointing an expert vocational adviser to counsel secondary school students. Gov. Silzer presided over the inauguration of Rutgers 12th President.
In 1925, when Thomas assumed the presidency, Rutgers had 1,343 undergraduates and a total registration of 2,396. By 1930 the undergraduate population had increased to 2,662, and combined enrollment in the university was nearly 17,000 students.