Friley Hall Namesake: Charles E. Friley 1887-1958; ISU President
A Louisiana native, Friley graduated from Texas A&M, did advanced work in educational administration at Columbia University and the University of Chicago, then returned to his alma mater, where he became founding dean of the schools science division.
Coming to Iowa State in 1932 as dean of industrial science, he evidenced his administrative abilities in an effective revision and expansion of the division's instructional and research programs. He became president after five months as acting president.
His 17-year term was the longest of Iowa State's first 11 presidents and spanned higher education's most turbulent era, from the closing phase of the Depression through World War II and into the post-war "educational revolution."
It was an administration characterized by emergency efforts, the most notable among them Iowa State's participation in the Manhattan (atomic research) project.Friley also was directly responsible for Iowa State's establishment of the nation's first educationally owned and operated television station.
He was a Mason and a Fellow of the Iowa Academy of Science and was a member of numerous organizations and societies, including the National Council of Presbyterian Men, Iowa State Fair Board, Iowa Geological Survey, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Mu Alpha.
He was married three times. In 1913, he married his first wife, Nina Lynn Wood, who died in 1918. They had two sons Charles Edwin, Jr. and William Alva. Dr. Friley married his second wife, Vera Foreman in 1921, and she died in 1947. They had one daughter, Frances Foreman (Kuyper). In 1951 he married Magdalen Ranney.