By John B. Boles
Rice collage, one in all America's preeminent associations of upper schooling, grew out of the imaginative and prescient, course, and management of 1 guy: Edgar Odell Lovett (1871--1957). college Builder is the interesting tale of this striking educator and the original institution he created. commonly stated, nearly from its founding in 1912, as one in every of America's top universities, Rice is uncommon as either the smallest and the youngest establishment within the most sensible tier of yank universities. In telling the story of Lovett and his leading edge, enduring imaginative and prescient for Rice, John Boles presents either a compelling biographical narrative and a clean new view of yank larger schooling within the first half the 20th century.
Lovett was once now not a Texan; he used to be no longer even a southerner. really, with Ph.D.'s in hand, he used to be a emerging celebrity at Princeton collage whilst the trustees of the newly based Rice Institute--chartered in 1891 via prosperous Houston service provider William Marsh Rice--called him in 1907 to be the school's first president. operating with an important endowment, a obscure constitution, a supportive board, and a visionary's reward for making plans, Lovett set out on a fact-finding travel of academic associations world wide. He reworked the assumption of the Institute right into a whole college, person who emphasised study up to instructing and aspired to world-class prestige. He sought the simplest architect to be had to layout the campus, lured unique college from major universities around the globe to Texas, and built a far-reaching imaginative and prescient of a small, conscientiously deliberate, elite collage that integrated the main complicated academic practices and formed Rice's improvement for the following century.
Lovett served as president of Rice for almost 40 years, proving himself to be an exemplary and charismatic chief who encouraged generations of scholars. He used to be the writer of Rice college in essentially each means. certainly, probably no different American collage has been so formed by way of its founder's imaginative and prescient. Boles's unparalleled account of Lovett's awesome educational fulfillment is an important contribution to the legacy of Rice collage and an immense addition to the historiography of schooling within the early twentieth-century South.
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