Distinguished Alumni of Psi Upsilon at Columbia University
Nicholas Murray Butler CC 1882 MA 1883 PhD 1884 was the ruler of Columbia for over four decades (1902–1945). Despite being associated with several controversies, he was probably Columbia’s greatest leader.
While a student at Columbia, Mr. Butler was a member of Psi Upsilon and the Peithologian Society. He studied philosophy during his time at the university, and after a brief jaunt through Europe, joined the faculty as a philosophy professor in 1885. His academic brilliance led Theodore Roosevelt to dub him “Nicholas Miraculous.”
Butler was highly influential in creating the Columbia University we know today. Despite his obvious ambition to become Vice President or President of the United States, he clung tenaciously to his university title, retiring only when he went blind and was close to death.