President Hyrum Manwaring took over in 1930 during the Great Depression. The preceding decade had been one of uncertainty, and it continued that way during President Manwaring's administration, which lasted until 1944. Most schools owned by the Church were given to their respective states to administer, but the State of Idaho would not accept Ricks College. For ten years the college was in serious danger of closing. However, through the sacrifices of administration, faculty, and faithful Church members, the school remained open and became accredited.