A study of selected administrative issues in the history and development of Newbold College
Problem: Newbold College, England, has existed since 1902. No detailed study has been made of its development, even though it has played a major part in the preparation of the Seventh-day Adventist work force in large areas of Europe and elsewhere. The purpose of this study is to describe and, where possible, analyze the administrative issues relating to the founding, the frequent relocations of the college, the attainment of full college status, the influence of World War II, and the effect of internationalization upon the college. These issues are discussed in a historical framework of the institution.
Method: The documentary method of research has been adopted for this study whereby the archives of the Adventist church in North America and England have been researched and suitable material photocopied and filed. A questionnaire was sent to 120 persons selected because of their connection with the college. Approximately eighty of these were returned and they were used as a basis of information and for further personal contact. Taped interviews were conducted with several key individuals and personal correspondence undertaken with numerous others.
Conclusions: The founding of the college depended largely on the efforts of the first principal, Homer R. Salisbury, who was well-suited in skill and temperament for the task. The frequent relocations of the college restricted its development in size and delayed its progress towards senior status, an objective that took far longer than previously thought. Internationalization was partly the process of upgrading. It was also partly the result of the missionary movement within the college and partly the by-product of the situation of the college at the center of the English-speaking world. World War II changed the course of the college by removing it from its prewar facility, by emphasizing the need for upgrading, and by speeding up the process of development towards senior status. Its effect upon the economy of the British Adventist church was such as to necessitate the transfer of the college to a broader based administration in order for it to develop to its full potential.
Derek C Beardsell
Full text available online through ProQuest Digital Dissertations. Completed through Andrews University.
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