Eugene Clarence Warriner was born in the village of Earlville (Dixon County, Ill.) in 1866. He graduated from high school in 1884 and then taught in rural schools there for three years.
Warriner earned an A.B., with honors, from the University of Michigan in 1891. He continued graduate studies in Greek and Latin for one year. Later, Dr. Warriner Pursued graduate degrees at Clarke, Harvard, and Columbia universities.
In 1892 he became the principal of Battle Creek High School. Three years later, Dr. Warriner became the principal of East Saginaw High School. In 1899, he became superintendent of the Saginaw school system, a position in which he served for 18 years.
Dr. Warriner was licensed to preach as a Methodist Episcopal minister in 1913. He was a strong advocate of temperance and the peace movement before World War I.
During the summer of 1908, Dr. Warriner traveled in Germany, studying its industrial schools. In the same year he became associated with Central State Normal College, later Central Michigan University (CMU), as a Summer Session instructor. Following President Charles T. Grawn’s resignation, Dr. Warriner was elected President of CMU, by the State Board of Education in 1918. He served in the position for 21 years, until he retired in 1939.
While Dr. Warriner was president at CMU, the college grew from fewer than five hundred students to nearly a thousand. He led the college through the difficult years of World War I, the 1918 flu epidemic, the Great Depression, and two disastrous fires. He retired in June of 1939.
Among his honorary degrees, Dr. Warriner received an honorary M.A. degree was conferred by the University of Michigan in 1912, and a LL.D. by Alma College in 1938. He also received a varsity letter “C” at the 1937 CMU football banquet. Members of the football and basketball teams presented him with gold trophies.
Dr. Warriner married Ellen, with whom he had two sons, John E. and Paul (d. 1917), and a daughter, Mrs. Harold Bohn.
On July 20, 1945, Dr. Warriner died at Bayview Hospital. His summer home was in Bayview. He had been in ill health for several years. He was survived by his wife, son, John E., and daughter.
Dr. Warriner is remembered as a great educator who had a powerful influence on a generation of Saginaw men and women, and hundreds of CMU students. A special memorial service was held for him in Warriner Hall, CMU’s administration building, which was named in his honor, on February 17, 1946. (This information is from the collection.)