The Reverend Edward Payson Hooker arrived in Winter Park in 1883 with the charge of founding a Congregational Church in the new town. Following Lucy Cross’ presentation of the need to found a college in Florida to the Congregational Association, the committee persuaded Hooker to prepare a paper on the subject of Florida education for the 1884 annual meeting. Following the acceptance of his proposal, the Reverend became one of five committee members to receive inducements for the location of the College. When Winter Park won the bid, Reverend Hooker was named Rollins’ first president. To read more about Edward Hooker, please visit the Rollins College Archives Golden Personalities site.