Women first served on the Board of Trustees in 1920, when Annie Vinton of Mansfield and Mrs. O. B. Robinson were named to the board. Robinson served two years, but Vinton, for whom one of Mansfield’s elementary schools is named, served a decade. A member of the Mansfield Board of Education, Vinton later served three terms as a member of the State House of Representatives, where she worked on issues relating to education and children.

-Mark J. Roy, University Communications (retired)