Isaac Newton McCash
Isaac Newton McCash
“[McCash] has done a conspicuously fine job at Phillips University, and [his] ideals of scholarship and adherence to sound educational policies have placed all of us under obligation to [him].”
Veteran minister, educator and the second president of Phillips University (now Northern Oklahoma College) in Enid, Dr. Isaac Newton McCash was born in a log cabin in Illinois and, at age 15, attended Sumac Seminary in Georgia, where he received his teaching certificate. He taught for two years and graduated from National Normal University in Ohio in 1882. He served as the principal of a school in Ohio before prolonged illness forced him to move to the milder climate of McPherson, Kansas. He served as the superintendent of schools in Lyons, Kansas, for five years before becoming the pastor of his first church in Maryville, Missouri. He then served at University Church in Iowa for ten years and received two master’s degrees from Drake University. He also attended Summer School of Theology at Harvard University and later served as the pastor of First Christian Church in Berkeley, California before becoming the president of Spokane University in 1914. He moved to Enid, Oklahoma, to serve as the second president of Phillips University in 1916 and served there until his retirement in 1938. Dr. McCash was also the president of the Iowa Children’s Home Society; National Board of Education, Disciples of Christ; Oklahoma Educational Association; and the executive secretary of the American Missionary Society. He was also the author of Ten Plagues of Modern Egypt (1903) and The Horizon of American Missions (1913).
In the 1890s, Dr. McCash became the pastor of the University Christian Church near Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Composed largely of students and faculty from the university, this church was the largest of the denomination in America at that time, with a membership of 2,300.
McCash came to Enid, Oklahoma, as the second president of Phillips University (now Northern Oklahoma College).