Best completed his training at the International YMCA College, now Springfield College at the age of 30 in 1911. After graduating Best served as assistant secretary to the West Side Association facility in New York City from 1912-1913. He did his postgraduate work at the New York University from 1912-13 and was a special student at the Union Theological Seminary in New York City from 1912-13. From 1913-1916, Best taught Religious Education and Religious Normal Work courses at SC. During WWI Best served as a Senior Officer in the Canadian YMCA War Services in France which provided support to the Canadian Forces overseas by providing guidance and training to arriving soldiers and offering recreational and educational opportunities as well as religious services to troops in Internment Camps. In October 1936, Best succeeded Laurence Doggett as president of S
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