The War Work Group was formed to further and enlarge the present work of the Army and Navy department in meeting the needs of the enlisted men. Springfield College was chosen as one of the training agencies to prepare and equip men for this special task, which was headed by Arthur Rudman. Laurence L. Doggett (1864-1957) was Springfield College's first full-time president and served in the position for thirty-nine years. When Doggett took the post of president, there were fifty students, eight instructors, two buildings, and the school was $20,000 in debt. In the years following his appointment, he expanded the campus to include a new gymnasium, athletic field, swimming pool and library. By the time he retired, there were 535 students enrolled and more than forty faculty. Under Doggett's leadership, the School became known for its liberal religious teachings and leadership training. He also implemented the college's "Humanics" philosophy, which calls for the education of the whole person--in spirit, mind, and body--for leadership in service to humanity. William Gay Ballantine (1848-1937) was born in Washington D.C., but spent his childhood in Cincinatti, Ohio, where his father was a Professor of Hebrew at Lane Theological Society. Ballantine earned degrees from Marietta College (1868), Union Theological Society (1872), and the University of Leipzeg. After a number of years teaching, he was hired as president of Oberlin College. Ballantine held this position until 1896, when he resigned. The following year, he accepted a position as Professor of Bible at Springfield College, where one of his former students at Oberlin, Laurence Doggett, was President. Ballantine offered a modern view of the Bible which fell under much scrutiny from supporters of Springfield College who questioned the curriculum of the institution. Ballantine's teachings even caused some to withdraw their financial support of the institution. Doggett and supported Ballantine's teaching against this pressure. Ballantine taught at Springfield College until 1919 at which time he retired to devote himself to writing. There is another copy of this image, see here: http://cdm16122.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15370coll2/id/12840
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