Two days after the death of President Coates, Dr. Homer E. Cooper, Dean of the Faculty, was elected acting-president. He served the college in this capacity from March. 19, 1928, to June 1, 1928. Dr. Cooper then resumed his duties as dean of the faculty, a position that he had held since 1924, where he remained until 1931.
It was largely through Dr. Cooper's efforts as Dean that Eastern was admitted to membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.