Best began his affiliation with Springfield College (then the International YMCA College) as a student. He graduated in 1911 and returned in 1913 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. Best worked as president of Springfield College until 1945. During his presidency Best weathered the draft of most of his full-time students, the setting up and providing quarters and training for prospective Air Force and Navy officers; 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
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