• Created Date
  • 1939
  • Publisher
  • Springfield College
  • Description
  • This is an image of Springfield College's fifth president, Ernest M. Best, speaking with students on the steps of a building at the college. Best graduated from Springfield College (then the International YMCA Training School) in 1911 and returned to teach Religious Education and Religious Normal Work form 1913-1916. After serving as a Senior Officer in the Canadian YMCA War Services during World War I, Best earned his doctorate from New York ... more
    This is an image of Springfield College's fifth president, Ernest M. Best, speaking with students on the steps of a building at the college. Best graduated from Springfield College (then the International YMCA Training School) in 1911 and returned to teach Religious Education and Religious Normal Work form 1913-1916. After serving as a Senior Officer in the Canadian YMCA War Services during World War I, Best earned his doctorate from New York University and then returned to Canada to continue his YMCA work. In 1937 he was appointed president of Springfield College, a position he held until 1945. During his tenure as president, Best emphasized the traditions of Springfield College including liberal interpretation of Christianity; the education of the whole person; a continued connection with the YMCA; professional training for youth services staff; international student exchange; racial and religious tolerance; and a continuing emphasis on health, physical education, and recreation. less
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  • Photographs
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