smaller body would be more advantageous than a large one, and on behalf of the ladies and after previous consultation.
I nominated at the second gathering an advisory board which was to have authority in all matters pertaining to instruction.
This body, consisting of Professors Goodwin
, J. M. Peirce
, representing different departments of instruction, was unanimously elected, and from that time to the present this board, now called the Academic Board
, has been the real representative faculty of the instruction.
Its personnel has changed but little.
Shortly after the beginning of the work Professor Byerly
became a member and he has occupied the position of Chairman
throughout almost all the years of the history of the movement, performing the arduous duties without remuneration.
Upon him have devolved most of those duties that are performed by the president of a college, outside of those that are purely administrative.
We have been fortunate in the interest that the professors have taken in every part of the work from the first. Professor Goodwill
acted for a year, during the absence of Professor Byerly
, as Chairman
of the Academic Board
was also very efficient in the same position at the beginning, and it has been said that there was probably no other professor in the college at the time who could have made up the course of study that was prepared for the opening year.
The labor involved in this is great every year, but for the first one it was far greater than it could be after the way had been marked out and the various instructors had to some extent become familiar with the situation.
It is to the professors who have made the reputation of Harvard College that Radcliffe College