President Elliot served Iowa Wesleyan from 1857 to 1861 and 1863 to 1866. The Rev. Dr. Charles Elliot first came to Iowa Wesleyan as a faculty member appointed by President Berry. When Berry resigned in 1857, Elliot served as temporary president until June 28, 1858. Soon after, he was officially elected president, and an expansion of the collegiate program followed. A significant event of the Elliot administration was the first female B.A. degree recipient in 1859 to Lucy Webster Killpatrick. However, financial problems started to plague the University, and on June 22, 1861, Dr. Elliot resigned to become editor of The Central Christian Advocate in St. Louis. The college operated under a vice president until June 1863, when Elliot resumed the presidency. Dr. Elliot resigned again in 1866 because of ill health and old age.