Ernest Best was Springfield College's fifth president. He began his affiliation with Springfield College (then the International YMCA College) as a student, graduating in 1911. In 1913, he returned to teach Religious Education and Religious Normal Work. Best taught until 1916, at which time he headed overseas with the Canadian YMCA War Services as a Senior Officer in France. In 1937, Best returned to Springfield College to take over as president upon the retirement of Laurence Doggett. He remained in this position until 1945. During his presidency, Best weathered the draft of most of his full-time students and the hurricane of 1938. He 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. Best died on May 19, 1963.
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