Lloyd Hartman Elliott became University President during the turbulent years of the Vietnam Era and the student protests. By the end of his tenure Elliott had brought to the University financial stability and continued growth through academic development and his many building programs.
As Elliott considered libraries to be the backbone of any campus, his proudest achievement was the building of the three libraries currently at the campus: the Melvin Gelman Library, the Jacob Burns Law Library, and the Paul Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library. In addition to the library projects, the Academic Center, (comprised of Smith, Rome and Phillips Halls), Funger Hall and the National Law Center's Theodore N. Lerner Hall were completed. The Charles E. Smith Center for Physical Education and Athletics, which replaced the old "Tin Tabernacle," was completed and in use in 1970. In that same year Elliott opened the Cloyd Heck Marvin Student Center. The Marvin Center was one of Elliott's first building commitments. He felt it was a high priority because of the great need for additional space for student activities. 1973 was a landmark year for the University. GW's medical training program was moved from 13th and H Streets to the Walter G. Ross Hall. With the relocation of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences the University was for the first time located in one central area.
Elliott began the Educational Opportunity Program and created the new faculty rank of "University Professor." He increased the number of endowed professorships from three to twenty. He is also credited with the tremendous growth in the University's endowment -- from $8 million in 1965 to $200 million in 1988.