By John B. Boles
Rice college, 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 attention-grabbing tale of this notable educator and the original tuition he created. extensively said, virtually from its founding in 1912, as considered one of America's top universities, Rice is unusual as either the smallest and the youngest establishment within the best tier of yankee 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 greater schooling within the first half the 20 th century.
Lovett used to be no longer a Texan; he used to be no longer even a southerner. quite, with Ph.D.'s in hand, he was once a emerging superstar at Princeton college while the trustees of the newly based Rice Institute--chartered in 1891 by means of prosperous Houston service provider William Marsh Rice--called him in 1907 to be the school's first president. operating with an important endowment, a imprecise constitution, a supportive board, and a visionary's present for making plans, Lovett set out on a fact-finding journey of academic associations around the world. He reworked the belief of the Institute right into a whole college, one who emphasised learn up to educating and aspired to world-class prestige. He sought the simplest architect on hand to layout the campus, lured special school from major universities around the globe to Texas, and developed a far-reaching imaginative and prescient of a small, conscientiously deliberate, elite college that integrated the main complex academic practices and formed Rice's improvement for the subsequent 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 was once the writer of Rice collage in essentially each means. certainly, maybe no different American college has been so formed by way of its founder's imaginative and prescient. Boles's remarkable account of Lovett's impressive 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.