The Academic Mind
A MAN who makes a career of education faute de mieux does not merit its best rewards. It treated Angus better than he deserved. At twenty-eight he was a Dean at Swarthmore and an American officer of the Rhodes Trustees. Four years later he was Master of Pierson College and Director of Admissions at Yale. At thirty-four he became President of the University of Rochester and served happily there until his resignation fifteen years later.
In these posts his associates were congenial and the atmosphere was stimulating. Since each of the three institutions was an exponent of quality in education and had funds adequate for its essential purposes, Angus could not have been more fortunate in his academic circumstances.
He was aware that his promotions came not because he was a good scholar or teacher but because he was thought to have sound training and some executive ability. When a young man in the collegiate world develops a reputation for administration he is likely to be lifted to power and emoluments greater than those of