The Rev. Doctor David McKinney was born in Philadelphia in 1860. He was educated in the Philadelphia public schools, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He also was awarded the Doctor of Divinity degree from Wittenberg College in 1895. The General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church elected him first president of Cedarville College in 1894. While president, he continued to serve his congregation in Cincinnati and commuted by train to Cedarville twice weekly to provide leadership in the development of a fledgling institution. Dr. McKinney was known for his energy and determination to see the College well established. He knew every student personally and was known as an inspiring speaker and a man of great intellectual ability. After resigning from the presidency in June of 1915, Dr. McKinney continued as President Emeritus and Trustee until his death in 1934. McKinney Hall, a dormitory constructed in 1999, was named in honor of Dr. McKinney.