Marion L. Brittain

1866 to 1953

Marion Luther Brittain, Sr. was an academic administrator and president of Georgia tech from 1922 to 1944. Brittain was born in Georgia and spent most of his life serving the educational community of Georgia. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory College in 1886 and he worked his way up the ranks from principal of an Atlanta high school to superintendent of education for the entire state. In 1922, he accepted the position of president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, then called the Georgia School of Technology, an office he held until 1944. During his 22 years at Georgia Tech, Brittain was credited with doubling student enrollment, establishing what is now the second largest aerospace engineering facility in the United States, and playing an influential role in securing Georgia Tech's position as a leading technical institute and research university. After he retired, Brittain wrote The Story of Georgia Tech (1948), a history of the Institute published shortly before his death in 1953.

Notable Accomplishments: 
  • President of Georgia Tech 1922-1944
  • Bachel of Arts Emory College 1886
  • Wrote "The Story of Georgia Tech" in 1948