Dr. Frederick W. Crumb served the longest term as President of Potsdam thus far. He was an incredibly influential President, directly influencing the college and its educational system.
Crumb received his BA and MA from Albany State Teachers College, and his doctorate in education from Columbia University. Later, Crumb received honorary degrees from both Clarkson and St. Lawrence University. Prior to starting his career at Potsdam, Crumb served in the Army during WWII as a Lieutenant Colonel in Morale Services Division, which developed and maintained the educational program of the army. During his time in the Army he wrote a book titled Tom Quick, Early American (which can be found in Crumb Library), which focused on education for veterans. He also served as the supervising principal of four school systems before coming to Potsdam in 1946 to serve as its eight President.
During his time at Potsdam, Crumb was an advocate for student education and was instrumental in developing the Crane School of Music and the library. He was also actively involved in politics and religion, and served as a member of Governor Rockefeller's committee on Milk Marketing.
Crumb was sent to represent the Diocese of Albany as delegate to the Anglican Congress in the summer of 1963.
Crumb’s family also played an active role in the community. His wife, Mrs. Crumb, had a role in The Student Wives organization that supported wives of students, specifically veterans, and presented the graduating senior's wives with diplomas in P.H.T's (Putting Hubby Through).