Dr. Glenn Olds Speeches - The Spiritual in Education (1960)
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This document, titled “The Spiritual Dimension in Education,” contains the abstracts of two speeches written by Dr. Glenn A. Olds while he served as president at Springfield College. The document opens with a preface by the Springfield College Press discussing spiritual work at Springfield College. The first speech is called “On Becoming Authentic” and was delivered by Dr. Olds during his inauguration as president at Springfield College in 1958. The speech “gives education an imperative to consider the student as a whole person whose deepest hunger is to become authentic.” It's divided into three parts: the cost of the losing the hunger for the authentic, how to become authentic, and how the college releases authentic leaders into a needy world. The second speech, titled “The Refining Fire,” was delivered by Dr. Olds as a commencement address on June 14, 1959. It concerns the process through which a student matures into a truly responsible person. Rev. Dr. Glenn Alvero Olds (1921-2006) lived a multifaceted life. A colleague in 1978 described his early years as follows: “Born of a Catholic father and Mormon mother, influenced by Quaker upbringing and Methodist ministry, he worked his way through high school, college, and three graduate schools with honors and distinction – as a logger, ranch hand, park and forest ranger, professional boxer, dance band leader, dishwasher, and country preacher.” Olds served as president at Springfield College from July 1, 1958 to September 1, 1965, during which time he focused on curriculum revision, enrollment, long-range planning, organization, construction, and fundraising. At thirty-seven years old, he was the school’s second-youngest president. Olds left Springfield College in 1965 to accept a position as executive dean of the State University of New York, where he developed an international program for New York State’s system of colleges and universities. He later served as a special assistant for President Nixon, U.S. ambassador and representative to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and president at Kent State University and Alaska Pacific University.
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Olds, Glenn A. (Glenn Alvero), 1921-2006
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