Dr. Hall Given On Work Here Educators, Civic Leaders Send Good Wishes To President Trains, Airplanes, Wires Bring Messages From All Over Country The unanimous response from educators and civic leaders in Oregon and all over the country to the information that Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall’s fifth anniversary of -service at the University was to be /commemorated by the Emerald, testifies to the esteem in which he is held everywhere, both profes sionally and as a friend. The letters, which speak best for themselves, came by air mail, by train, and by wire, some of them arriving just before the paper went to press. They follow: Julius L. Meier, governor of Ore gon— Pr. Arnold Bennett Hall has devoted five years of tireless ac tivity to the upbuilding of the Uni versity of Oregon. His energetic and enthusiastic efforts for the benefit of the University have been unremitting. It gives me pleasure as Governor and personally to ex tend congratulations and good wishes on this fifth anniversary of | his services to our state. Homer D. Angell, president, Uni versity of Oregon Alumni Associa tion—As the spokesman for the Alumni Association of the Univer sity of Oregon, it gives me much pleasure to extend to Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall the congratulations of the Alumni on the completion of his five years of service to the nest endeavor and hard work, not unmixed with discouragements but full of achievement and promise, not only for the University but the state at large. My active partici pation from the outside in Univer sity affairs has given me an oppor tunity to measure to some extent the work Dr. Hall has done since coming to our state. Praise state. They have been years of ear ±ie Drougnt to us a vision and an enthusiasm for the enlarge ment of the University’s useful ness, founded on a breadth of ex perience and technical study, which has resulted in the rebirth of the University and the extension of ^its activities and usefulness in the upbuilding of our industrial and commercial life, as well as the training of the youth of our state. In the years to come we will profit by the sacrifice Dr. Hall has made and is making for the state and will be able to appreciate his program of training and moral fibre builded into the youth of our land. Dr. Hall has become known as one of the outstanding univer sity presidents of the country, and we are happy to extend to him our congratulations and good wishes on this occasion. Mrs. F. Willard Bond, Pendleton, president of the Oregon Mothers —I am glad to express my appre ciation of Dr. Hall, whose acquaint ance has been made possible through my interest in the Uni versity mothers of the state. I have become greatly impressed with Dr. Hall’s personal interest in our boys and girls, not only edu cationally but morally and spirit ually. O. Laurgaard, city engineer of Portland, and president of the Ore gon Dads—On behalf of the Ore gon Dads, I desire to congratulate Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall on his ac complishments during the last five years in his endeavors to build a greater University of Oregon. At the same time I desire to commend the faculty and those in charge of the administration of the affairs of the University for their hearty co-operation. The driving force of Dr. Hall, his executive and admin istrative ability, and his keen in sight as an educator at what should constitute a great univer-! sity, have developed a faculty com posed of men who are rapidly gain ing a reputation as authorities in their respective subjects. Text books and articles are beginning to appear which will establish in the Educational world a reputation for scholastic'attainments that is very much desired. The University can feel proud of the progress that has been made during the last five years, having particular reference to the estab lishment of a retirement annuity : system through the co-operation of the Carnegie Foundation; the reorganization of the School of Ap plied Social Science; the establish ment of an enlarged summer school program which shows an increase of nearly 39 per cent, and the organization of a gift com paign which has raised over a mil- 1 lion and a half dollars from east-1 ern foundations and citizens of the j; state. This has resulted in an in crease during the last ten years of 79 per cent in the Eugene cam pus enrollment with an increase of only 13 per cent in state appro priations. For their participation to any slight extent in this great pro gram, the Oregon Dads feel very grateful and desire to compliment Dr. Hall for the effective work he j has done, \and congratulate the University for the outstanding re sults accomplished. Mrs. P. L. Campbell, wife of the former president of the University of Oregon I appreciate deeply the privilege of expressing my personal regard for President Arnold Ben-; nett Hall, and for the tremendous work .which he has accomplished during the years he has been with | the University of Oregon. His plans as outlined for the future are equally fine for the Uni- ( versity and th^ State, it seems to me, and if he is given support and understanding aid, there is no: limit to what may be achieved. Mrs. Gertrude Bass Warner, donor of the fine arts museum— Since our good friend, Arnold Ben nett Hall, has been our president,! this University has prospered as never before. Among the many blessings that have come to us, is the beautiful building, the Museum of Arts, which is to house the Oriental Col lection of Chinese and Japanese art treasures and also the library in connection with them. Is it any wonder that my enthu siasm received a fresh impetus which resulted in my acquiring our greatest art treasures and our rarest books, since this great ad- I ministrator was here to lend a i hand in obtaining the funds neces- | sary for the buildings ? I am most grateful that he put forth the ! necessary, the continuous, and the j unwavering effort to obtain this great tribute to President Camp- ' bell and Murray Warner. We are all helped in our en deavors, by active expressions of ' gratitude, and when President Hall bestowed upon me the degree of Master of Arts in Public Ser vice and had me appointed to the Pacific Relations conference, I felt that I had a friend who was ex pressing to me his appreciation of my efforts in behalf of estab lishing and maintaining relations of fellowship and friendship with our neighbors across the Pacific to the end that God's law of peace be established and maintained. Dean John Straub, dean emer- ! itus, University of Oregon—I am ■ almost afraid to say what I actu- ! ally think of President Hall for fear of having people think that I am guilty of flattery. During the 1 five years President Hall has been ' here, we have been on more or J less intimate terms and I have 1 found him a very humane presi- ' dent, and this is ho reflection on ! the four preceding men. I never met such a dynamo for work as he is. He is full of energy, is forceful ] and restless, always with some 1 goal for the University in view. During the five years he has been here, he has secured more than 20 i or 30 times as much money for the . University from out-of-state sourc- ; es as had been secured in the 50 1 years before that. He has a way l of presenting the University to ; men of wealth that is convincing i and irresistable. My only regret is j that because of my health I am not ] able to see more of Dr. Hall than I t have during the last year. . One characteristic of Dr. Hall’s ) that I would like to mention is his i integrity and the squareness of his t dealings with his faculty. Some £ years ago a president of an east- s ern university said in a speech ] that it was absolutely impossible t for a president of a college to be f honest. At the first meeting of our ( faculty President Hall made this t statement, “All my dealings with c this faculty will be above board. As far as I am concerned, there will be no cliques and my cards 1 will always be laid on the table • face up.” And in his associations f with faculty he has absolutely c lived to that. I have heard him c discuss things in faculty meetings that I would not have mentioned myself for fear that if they were reported outside they would be det-. rimental to the University. I think President Hall is a won derful man and if he is permitted to spend another five or ten years is president of this institution he tvill make it the most favorably e quoted university in the land. It is ^ ilmost so already. .... J Doctor Hall, I wish you that sue- c ;ess and that prosperity which pour manhood and integrity merit. Ray Lyman Wilbur, secretary of b the Interior—It is a real pleasure P :o me to know that you are plan- n ling to celebrate the fifth anniver- a sary of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall’s a iresidency of the University of a Oregon, and that you are to issue il i special section of the Oregon e; Daily Emerald. r: President Hall richly deserves s pour hearty commendation and ap- h Completes Five Years As Oregon Head Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall, President of the University of Oregon The President and the Students By VINTON HALL, Editor, Oregon Daily Emerald AT THE helm of the great ship, the University of Oregon, is a sturdy, dynamic man who is held in highest regard by every student. This man is Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall. His judg ment is unsurpassed and students believe him ablest to carry them through the roughest of seas. Elevating the standard of his educational institution and placing it in a position of deep respect among the schools of the nation, Dr. Hall extends his activities far and wide. He does not confine his work to the campus and yet he does not ignore his responsibility to the students. He is always willing to person ally discuss the troubles of any student who may desire an inter view. Seldom is other work more important to him. Dr. Hall is a man who is capable of gathering all the loose ends of trouble, sorting them, and tying them in such tangible form that the students’ battles are simplified. In a discussion with him the rough spots smooth out into mere nothings. A talk wih him leaves one refreshed and feeling fit—ready to face new problems. Every student who really knows and understands Dr. Hall is convinced that he is the man for the University of Oregon. His integrity, soundness, and conscientiousness place him foremost in the hearts of his students. >roval. I think those of you who ive close to the University hardly •ealize what an effective job he las done or how much his services o university education are appre :iated throughout the country. You ire fortunate in your leadership. ! congratulate you upon it and lope that you will be kind enough o extend my affectionate greet ngs to President Hall, together vith my congratulations. Frank O. Louden, former gover lor of Illinois—I have known Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall for many fears. I first came in contact with dm through his books. These looks disclosed rare power of an ilysis, unusual originality in hought and great clarity in ex iression. Later as I came to mow him personally my admira ion for him increased. Though , professor of political science lefore he went to Oregon, his nterest was by no means limited o that subject, but he exhibited . profound knowledge upon every ubject which touches modern life, am delighted, therefore, to know hat you are to honor him on the I ifth anniversary of his coming to j )regon, for he is ho doubt one of i he outstanding university presi ents of this generation. Robert M. Hutchins, president, Jni versify of Chicago, Chicago, llinois—A. B. Hall is one of the inest men I have ever met and ne of the best university presi ents. I am for him. Dr. Clarence Cook Little, na ionally known educator—It was' ly privilege and honor lo be in ited to deliver an address at the lauguration of President Hall at lugene five years ago. I was glad o do this because I believed so ompletely in his attitude toward ducation and admired greatly his ersonal attributes. During the ears that have passed since that ccasion it h? been a great source f gratification to see that he has lways been direct and fearless in is approach to the various prob ims that have confronted him. merican universities need frank ess, courage, and unselfishness to large degree. Unfortunately not 11 their officers of administration nd instruction possess these qual ies. President Hall, however, has itablished beyond any question his ght to a place in the hearts of his :udents for whom he has whole eartedly labored and in the ad miration of all those interested in the progress of the things that count most in our education. Dr. William John Cooper, com missioner of education, United States Bureau of Education—May I congratulate you as representa tives of a student body on this way of showing your appreciation for the work of the university admin istration. All too frequently it hap pens that students get the impres sion that what the administrative staff of the university accomp lishes is not done primarily for the good of the students. It is a fine thing when the leaders of the stu dent body are far seeing enough to get some vision which the presi dent of the institution has. My own personal acquaintance with the University of Oregon ex tends over a period of eight years. I knew your Alma Mater first as a summer school lecturer in 1923. I was on the campus again last month and was impressed’by the extensive improvement in build ings and equipment, but I am con fident that these are only outward signs of an inward development in the progress of the university which far exceeds them. Under the : generalship of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall the University of Oregon has indeed made splendid progress in the last five years and I am sure that regardless of whatever form higher education in Oregon may take these years will prove a splendid foundation for the future. Harry Woodhurn Chase, presi dent, University of Illinois, Ur bana, Illinois—May I add my con gratulations on the fifth anniver sary of Doctor Hall’s presidency of the University of Oregon We have all known of the fine and1 constructive work that he has done since he has been President of the University and I am most happy to add my name to those who con- j gratulate him on his success and the University on his presidency. I have known Doctor Hall for some years and may I say that I have the highest respect for his per sonality and achievements. Dr. Max Mason, president, Rock- 1 (■feller Foundation, New York City —I wish to congratulate Dr. Hall and the state of Oregon on five years of devoted, intelligent and successful service to the Univer sity of Oregon. This period has seen the focusing of attention on the most important functions of j the University, and has resulted in gratifying developments of fundamental and permanent char I acter. M. Lyle Spencer, president of the University of Washington, Seattle, AVashington I am glad to join ; with the students and faculty of the University of Oregon in paying ; tribute to the success and worth of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall on the I (fifth anniversary of his presidency. Dr. Hall has distinguished him self, not only as an administrator, but as a scholar, and is appreciat-1 ed by his fellow executives as one j of the great leaders in Northwest education. It is hoped that the notable success of his first five years is but an omen of a long and brilliant service to higher educa , tion in Oregon. Dr. Robert E. Swain, acting president of Stanford University— Please accept my warmest felici tations upon the completion of five years of able and devoted and far sighted leadership as President of ! the University of Oregon. May the blessings of friendship, the joys of achievement, and the inspira tion of association with aspiring 'youth continue to be yours in full measure through the years to j come! Rufus Hatch Kimball, San Fran cisco, president of the Oregon Dads in California May I take this op portunity to express my keen ap preciation of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall, president of the University of Oregon? Dr. Hall has been with you now for five years and during that per iod has done more to build up your university and add to its prestige and opportunity for service than any previous president has done in a similar period. Many people doubtless do not realize the tremendous energy and hard work, the tact and patience and the high idealism which Dr. Hall has consistently given to his task. From a distance of 600 miles and residence in another state, these things perhaps appear in a clearer perspective than they do ; to those who are close to the task. The reputation of the University of Oregon has oeen greatly en hanced under the leadership of Dr. Hall, but more important than this are its ever extending avenues to usefulness. Much real pioneer work has been done in the field of vocational guidance and adaption of the student to his instructors and the curriculum. Research and graduate work have been fostered without once losing sight of the real needs of freshmen students, j Yet in all of his work Dr. Hall has somehow infused his deep love of | the arts, particularly music, while ! keeping in mind the goal of high and useful service to his commun ity, state and nation. Dr. Robert S. Woodworth, presi dent of the Social Science Research Council—On behalf of the Social Science Research Council, it gives me great pleasure to offer con gratulations to Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall on this occasion. He was one of the prime movers in our organi zation and has worked constantly for a broad and untrammelled at tack upon the problems of social science that should be incisive and effective as well as broad. He has been and continues to be a force working to make the social sci ences really scientific and at the same time vital for general wel fare. Mrs. Walter M. Cook, Portland, former president of the Oregon Mothers — Dr. Hall’s phenomenal success as president of the Univer sity of Oregon was born of his un stinted efforts to give his very best to enlarge the University in every way possible. I doubt if any one, except those who have worked in his office, realize the amount of thought and work he has given during his administration the past five years; it would probably stag ger one who took time to read his reports. In all his undertakings he has j had only one concern; that of growth of Oregon and its Univer sity. I feel it was his dynamic force that brought the University into national prominence. I have deep appreciation for his labors. For two years I have worked in the Oregon Mother organization under Dr. Hall. It has given me a chance to know something of his ability, and I feel that it has always been j the complete subordination of self in all Dr. Hall’s interests, and therein lies his fitness for the po sition he holds. I know the University of Oregon will feel the administration of Dr. j Hall for years to come; he has started a program that is bound to mean much to the growth of Oregon. Dr. Richard T. Ely, director of the Institute for Research in Land Economics and Public Utilities, ! Northwestern University — It af fords me special pleasure to know j that the Associated Students of the University of Oregon are planning | a special section of the Oregon Daily Emerald in which will be told the achievements made by Dr. Hall j and the University during the time that he has been with you. I I have known Dr. Hall for a ' good many years, and as time has gone on I have learned to value him more and more highly as a man and as a scholar who has achieved distinction in political science as well as an educator who 1 is winning increased fame and dis- I tinction for himself and for the j University of Oregon. He has been with you for a short time, but X have been interested in following the progress of the I University since he became your President. I think is is very re markable and deserved recogni tion. I esteem the University as fortunate in having Dr. Hall as President, and extend to you and ' to the University of Oregon my congratulations on the fifth anni versary of his presidency and my best wishes for his future and for the future of the University. If Dr. Hall remains with you, I look for even greater progress in the future. Dr. Samuel Colcord, educator, peace lecturer. New Y'ork City I am indeed glad of the opportunity to write what must be a very in adequate expression of my admi ration of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall and his fine and really remarkable achievements during the five years in which he has been President of the University of Oregon. No one in Oregon need be told of the discouraging condition in which he found the University. His far vision, his genius for organi zation and leadership, his courage and unwavering fidelity to a trust that few would have been willing to accept, has brought it to a high and honored position among the favored institutions of the land. Mrs. Hall has been a gracious and worthy helpmate in the great and successful undertaking. The spiritual progress has found fit expression in the fine group of University buildings that each year have increasingly adorned the beautiful campus. It is difficult to distinguish in the few lines that I may write. But I was particu larly interested in the finely art istic and impressive completed front of the Museum of Art, that does not belie its name and is the prophecy of the superb structure that would do credit to any uni versity when the intended wings are added. It is to be hoped that some far seeing philanthropist will soon see his opportunity to donate a wing. Oregon should be proud of her University and can well afford to lavish appropriations upon it with such a leader as Dr. Hall to bring to realization the highest possibil ities. Dr. Henry Suzzallo, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching -Please accept our heartiest congratula tions on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of your presidency. From the beginning your adminis tration has been marked by the vision and vigor which have always characterized you. You have had the courage to make devotion to the intellectual interests of the State of Oregon as a whole your guide in determining your special responsibility as the leader of the University. What is ultimately best for Ore gon is the best standard of service for each one of its intellectual in stitutions. And it seems to your colleagues throughout the country that you are following that stand ard without hint of compromise. Cloyd H. Marvin, president, George Washington University, Washington, D. C.—The University of Oregon is fortunate in having for its president a true scholar, a wise and fearless executive and a splendid man. May I take this opportunity of thanking the students of the Uni versity of Oregon for their cordial feelings toward a man whose life is valued highly by his university colleagues throughout the length and breadth of this country. Dr. David I.. Crawford, president of the University of Hawaii—My congratulations are offered the University of Oregon upon having a great president at its head. Un der his effective leadership Ore gon’s state university is sure to move forward into a brilliant future. May his splendid service of five years be extended for many years to come. F. A. Whiting, president of the American Federation of Arts—I am very much pleased to learn that the students and friends of the University are taking the occasion to celebrate, on May 21 the fifth anniversary of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall's presidency at the University of Oregon. I would give a great deal to be present on this occasion and to share with you the privi lege of stating my appreciation of Dr. Hall and of the great service that he is rendering in the cause of education. I have known Dr. Hall for some thing over a year, and at every contact I have been re-impressed ^ with the importance of the work he is doing in Oregon, and with the significance of his plan to spread the influence of the University throughout the state and to make people realize that the greatest art is the art of living, and that the , highest function of education is to teach people to live richly for the benefit of themselves and their fel low men. It is my earnest hope that Dr. Hall may be spared the strength and given the fullest opportunity to develop, through the University of Oregon, his very remarkable plans for making a state univer sity more widely useful. Dr. Walter A. Jessup, president of the University of Iowa, Iowa < City— The State of Oregon is for tunate in having the services of Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall. Dr. Hall is not only a sound scholar in his particular field of government but he is also a man with a fine social point of view, fully conscious of the importance of higher education in the life of a people. His fearless presentation of the needs of education in Oregon will be of lasting benefit to the state. Bruce Dennis, editor of the Klamath Falls Evening Herald, former president of the Oregon Dads—May I say a few words of appreciation of the "Little Cor- j poral,” the man with Napoleonic driving power—Dr. Arnold Ben-! nett Hall. Oregon secured in him the right man to place the University in its proper rank with other institutions. I say this, not as an idle compli- ; ment uttered for conversational purposes, but because by his works ■ he has proved his ability. He has ( proved his true worth. His manly! leadership has reflected itself throughout each department of the institution. His fight for education has permeated the entire state. His sound judgment, his fearless man ner and his marked ability have al ready left their impress upon Ore gon as a commonwealth. May his mental and physical powers con tinue as they are and may this state be able to enjoy his services and his leadership for many years to come. Dr. John Henry Nash, printer, of San Francisco—It is a matter of sincere regret that T cannot be present to express my personal fe licitations to Doctor Hall on the fifth anniversary of his presidency of the University of Oregon and to offer my congratulations to the people of the State of Oregon in having a man like Doctor Hall as the head of this great educational institution. He is one of the great est educators I have ever known, a man of highest intellect with modern progressive ideas which he has the initiative and courage to carry out. My heartfelt good wishes to Doctor Hall from his friend. Walter Dill Scott, president, Northwestern University, Evans ton, Illinois—Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall is one of America’s leading educators. He is adding to the rep utation of a University that was already becoming well known. Here at Northwestern University we came to know Dr. Hall inti mately and very greatly appreciate his talents. We congratulate him and we congratulate the Univer sity of Oregon on the last five years, the best five years in the history of the University. George L. Baker, Mayor of Port land, Oregon—Permit me to ex tend through you, my official and personal congratulations to Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall on the fifth anniversary of his presidency of the university. The untiring work of Dr. Hall in behalf of education in the state of Oregbn is deserving of the great est of official and public recogni tion. He has been a great asset to the state in many ways and at the conclusion of his fifth year should be sent ahead with the as surance that we are behind him to a man. Dr. Clement C. Smith, noted educator, Milwaukee, Wisconsin— It is a pleasure to congratulate, the University of°Oregon on the, occasion of Dr. Hall’s fifth anni-1 versary as president of that insti tution. The University is fortunate in having at its,head a man of Dr. Hall’s ability and attainments and the student body is likewise for tunate in having such an able leader and distinguished educator. With best wishes for the continued success of Dr. Hall’s administra tion. Paul T. Shaw, former president, Oregon Dads History is being made daily, yearly, unconsciously. Men come and men go. Some of these men exert a tremendous in fluence on the progress of the com monwealth in which they are living and working. Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall is an outstanding example of such a man. His enthusiasm for education, for the gaining of knowledge, for marshalling the latent forces of not only the youth but of mature men and women as well, for scientific progress in the ( Graduate School Grows Rapidly in Five Year Period Seven Departments Added To Schedule; 232 Now Enrolled By ROY H. SHEEDY The most rapidly developing branch of the University " is at present the graduate school, of which Dr. George Rebec is dean, and this extraordinary develop ment began just five years ago, the same year that Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall became president of Oregon. It may be correctly as sumed from this fact" that mjich of the credit for the greater grad uate school goes to Dr. Hall, and it is the purpose of this article to outline some of the progress made in this past five years. The graduate school is one of the youngest major branches of the University. This condition can be realized by a comparison of figures of five years ago and now concerning the number of gradu ate students. In 1925-26, there were 133 students; this year the number is 232. Enrollment Increases In a graduate school there are certain subsidies in the form of scholarships and fellowships that are an indispensible factor. A year or two before the advent of Doctor Hall the system of graduate and research assistants already had been launched, but in the past five years the number of such students has increased almost fifty per cent, there being 72 now but only 50 in 1925-26. Five years ago the line of dif ferentiation among those members of the faculty who were eligible to offer graduate work and those who were not was very vaguely drawn. And though the dividing line be tween courses for undergraduate and graduate work had been drawn, it was so loosely establish ed that some of the most import ant departments were not yet of fering courses of the present “500” variety, exclusive for graduates only. Only seven departments had re ceived permission to accept major candidates for the degree of doctor of philosophy. They were the fol lowing: anatomy, biology, educa tion, geology, history, physics, and psychology. Since then, under the constant urging of Dr. Hall, this number has been doubled. The fol lowing departments have been added: English, Germanic lan guages, Romance languages, geog raphy, pre-medics, chemistry, and economics. New Project Planned Probably the most important single event that has ever hap pened to the graduate school is the reorganization that has been made the past year. Last year the grad uate council worked out a project placing the school on a new con stitutional footing. The results of the study and labor of the council were endorsed by the general fac ulty and put into effect this year. The central feature of the new constitution is the division of the work into four central sections, natural science, social science, lan guage, literature, and the arts, and medicine. A divisional council is in charge of each of these sec tions, the purpose of the council being to lay out programs of grad uate work, the aim of which shall be to break down exclusiveness and have the student’s labors be done in a wide division rather than in a selected field. The divisional council also performs the task of approving individual study cards. Above the divisional council re mains the graduate council, as a synthesizing, coordinating body and ultimate authority in ques tions of the broader administrative sort. Finally, above both divisional council and graduate council, is the graduate faculty, which has been definitely instituted under the legislation. Membership is strictly defined, and only members of the graduate faculty are per mitted to offer graduate credit. realm of everything that contri butes to the sum total of human happiness, is a force that will be recognized as the beginning of a new era, when future historians recount the development of the state of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. I)r. Robert O. Sproul, president of the University of California— I take pleasure in congratulating Dr. Arnold Bennett Hall on the five successful years he has spent in the presidency of the University of Oregon. Not only has he served that institution well within its own state, but he has added to the lustre of higher education on the western side of tl e continent. All of us who know Dr. Hall and his work are delighted that he is one of us and wish him well for the long years that lie ahead of him in the field of higher education.