Best served as president of Springfield College (then the International YMCA College) from 1937-1945. Best was a student at Springfield College from 1908-1911 and a teacher from 1913-1916. During his tenure as president, Best weathered the draft of the majority of all of the full-time students; setting up and providing quarters and training for prospective Air Force and Navy officers; and the hurricane of 1938.
As president 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. He died on May 19, 1963.
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