Virgil M. Hancher

V. M. Hancher


President University of Iowa

Biographical Information

A native Iowan, Virgil M. Hancher earned his bachelor's and legal degrees from the University of Iowa.  He was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.  He became the University of Iowa's thirteenth President in 1940, serving until he retired in 1964.  Prior to joining the administration, he practiced corporate law in Chicago.

President Hancher was a strong advocate of higher education, serving terms as chair of the American Council of Education and president of both the State Universities Association and the National Association of State Universities.  After retiring as President of the University, he planned to join the law faculty at Iowa; however, he died in 1965.



Virgil M. Hancher, with Gene R. Hawes. The New American Guide to Colleges. New York and London: Columbia Univ. Press, 1962
Virgil M. Hancher. Christianity in an Age of Power. Unknown publisher, 1947
Virgil M. Hancher, et al. Representative American Speeches: 1943-1944. New York: H.W. Wilson, 1944


Virgil Hancher, "The Commerce Clause and a Common Market," 8 S.D. L. Rev. 1 (1963)
Virgil Hancher, "Symposium in Federal Legislation Relating to Education: Foreword," 30 Iowa L. Rev. 155 (1944-1945)