Education: Big Glow

When Daniel L. Marsh took over as president in 1926, he found almost everything wrong with Boston University. Its college of liberal arts was crowded into an old Harvard Medical School building just off Copley Square. Its own medical school was third-rate, its law school was taking students directly out of high school. Its treasury was nearly $500,000 in debt, and its campus was little more than a lot of scattered old brownstones.

B.U. did not stay that way long. A Methodist minister from western Pennsylvania, Daniel Marsh was a burly man with a bubbling vitality and the Bible in his blood....

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