Alderman would stay 27 years, and became known as a prolific fund-raiser, a well-known orator, and a close adviser to . President and UVA alumnus Woodrow Wilson .  He added significantly to the University Hospital to support new sickbeds and public health research, and helped create departments of geology and forestry, the Curry School of Education , the McIntire School of Commerce , and the summer school programs at which a young Georgia O'Keeffe would soon take art.  Perhaps his greatest ambition was the funding and construction of a library on a scale of millions of books, much larger than the Rotunda could bear. Delayed by the Great Depression , Alderman Library was named in his honor in 1938. Alderman, who seven years earlier had died in office en route to giving a public speech at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign , is still the longest-tenured president of the university.