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EVENING PUBLIC LEDGER PHILADELPHIA,' THURSDAY.1 DECEMBER 14; 1922
EX-GROCER'S CLERK, NONBUSINESS MAN, HEADS
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA AT AGE OF THIRTY-THREE
He Is the Antithesis of a Popular Concept
of Men TVhe Direct the Destinies of
Great Institutions of Learning
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Dr. Cloyd Heck Marvin JVen
His Spurs by Fidelity te
Ideals of Best Service '
TTNIVEKSlTY professors once were visualized by a materialistic world
as graybeard ancients, living as reduces in a maze of book?, nervous
as frightened hares when occasionally thrust into the turmoil of the outer j
world. , I
According te popular tradition they were usually afflicted with
myopia and astigmatism; were invariably being cheated out of their life-!
time saving;? by heartless villains who took advantage of their innocence, i
and were ordinarily dressed in suits of homespun with happy trousers.
Such concepts as these receive a rude shock when brought in
contact with the personality of Dr. Cloyd Heel: Marvin, the new president
of the University of Arizona.
In the first place, Dr. Marvin is net an ancient, for he was barely
thirty-three years old this fall when elected te the presidency of that
institution it is thought he is the youngest president of a university in
In the second place, lie U net an intellectual rrclu'e, for the world
of books claimed him only after he had attained a distinguished success
in the world of commerce as a high-salaried consultant in business.
And in the third place, he has neither myopia nor astigmatism, docs
net wear baggy tieusers, and he enjoys social contact with his fellow
mnn and woman.
The election of a bu.-iness man te
the presidency of a university is,
in itself, an event worthy of recerd:
hut the election of a business man
nnd educational leader thirty-three
years old was unheard of until the
regents of that western institution,;
after a search lasting for nine
months, announced Dr. Marvin ;.
their choice for the ethce. their
decision and his acceptance of the
offer were made with a promptness
which denoted a capacity for quick
determination and ready action.
The career of this interesting
young president ought leally te be
divided into two pails: his career
in business management and as an
educator. But when one tries t"
make that division one finds it can
not be done; the two have run side
by side and arc linked inseparably.
Began te Hustle the
Day He Left College
Dr. Marvin get his degree i f
doctor of philosophy from Harvarl.
At the time he received that degree
he was employed by several firms in
Les Angeles nnd New Yerk as their
business adviser. In the autumn
following tlie award of his doctor
ate, 191!', he was made dean nre
assistant director of the Southern
Branch of the University of Cali
fornia at Les Angeles. At the same
time he was, serving, and continued
te serve, as a high-salaried e.vpeil
In business management.
Dr. Marvin was born in I'ir.u''
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View of the old main building of rizena Untvcrsit) with ks
Ohie a Bufliciently ordinary Mid-(
dle Western townen August 22,
1889, nnd the groundwork of his
education was obtained in the public
schools of that town. It was net i
until 1909 that he moved with his
family te Hlverside, Calif., where
he was graduated from high school
in the spring of that year.
The autumn of 1909 if the Na-
tive sons win niimit or such a cli
matic distinction found him ma
triculated at Leland Stnnferd
University with the avowed purpose
of pursuing the legal course.
Even bofero his entrance into the
university the young man had made
his first venture into the business example if ;,eui)iful achievement.
world net in the accustomed fash- in IfUfi the simple fat of sub
ion of the youthful heroes of fiction ' trading IbM) ftem 1015 indicates
as a newsboy, but ns a clerk in u ' that be was then a stripling f
grocery Btore and an apprentice in : twenty-six iie was appointed as a ,
mnchlne 6hep. Later followed special member of the City Efficiency
ether ventures, none of them of an i Commission of Les Angeles. Such
we-lnsplrlng nature, until, in his
fnahman year at Stanford he
ftMMd MncUeB which be was
te matnJst br several years when
he became night operator in an ex
change of the American Hell Tele
In the initlct of grueling college
work he still found time te learn the
intricacies of the exchange, and hi
natural bent for investigation and
analysis served him te such geed
purpose in the exchange, where he
found time te sleep and work an 1
I study, that before he had beer, grad
uatcd in the stiriir: e' !'.T I m.
dur.i g .i -c. .r.d ' ,' , ..' ,,f
elb'ge, si verr.l ill'lej i. y i . r .i -
taut jioiitiens witn the telephein
company. Having al'eiid his plans
for obtaining an education in law.
Dr. Marvin had specialized daring
ins jatier yeais ai ninrieni in eco-
nemics and business administration,
' receiving his bachelor's degree in
j these, subjects.
Splendid Example of
Youthful A vhievement
Immediately after his gra'h.iiUen
fiem Stanford, in the spring of
19M, came the first event of his life
which .stands out as an amaziiu'
, an appointment as that would seem
sufficient te satisfy the umbitiep of
most young men just out of college,
but young Marvin had ether pjans
t. J iV
foreground of tropical flora
.tbe.nl. Continuing iii15 ctmreciien
wi'.li the efliciency coipmi-sien ln
fr.tfteil the Univei ,-ity of Southern
California nr a graduate student,
and pursued l'urthur Ids siuIh in
li'isiiicss management ami cc'.'.oni cc'.'.eni
ics. In the spring of 1915 he r
ceived another degiee, that of mas
ter of arts in business ndniinistra ndniinistra
tien. Honors were coming thick and
fast by that time, und in the follow
ing year he was made a Thayer
Fellow at Harvard University and
left for Cambridge te continue his
education amid new surrounding.
In ti'e-i' new uiTeundiiig he de
e!mm(1 a ih'.r t for a new kind of
ki.nv !"(';e. Itis:nejs an 1 ce'ineeiics
u.M'i' net ncglectt'tl; lm continued
his studies, in tbi, fbdd as netivelj
as ever, but the science of education
claimed the greater s.hare of Ids
What appears te be a radical de
parture in launching forth upon
this new study wa net actually as
illogical ns, it seems. The trends in
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Ur. I leyd Heck Marvin, who nt the
d Arizona I
i joint's aamiir.-'muen cenvincfd
hi.n of the necessity of the execu-!im-
in busines,, fi knew educational
methods. l-Mucatin, be saw, was a
science, and a.! a science it was
properly appli'a'j!.' te the cold facta
of business. It was net education
as it is ordinarily n nceived whicli
fas'-irnted him nv ! which led him
te sfieciulizc in tin; subject while at
ILvvanl, ha' cbaat ion ns n means
of increasing pni'luctien, of iiu
pruViiig the , .'Rcicncy of men.
Stiil ii:temlit..v te remain i'i
I,, w ei Id iif 'ui-iiM'-'J, the so
rt 'led workaday wnrl.l, he fori feri
saw that te become a leader of men
iie must knew hew te teach them.
Te I'.e'ir Dr. Marvin new explain the
reauns which prompted him te this
belief k te ricdve a liberal educa
tion in the development of industry.
Development of Industry
After Civil War Period
-iief..-. i... f..il War period." Dr
Ali.nii i , '- ...., industry
! ..! in ,1-n. i. in- of hand epev
i i 'is. I.. i.:, . .hi M'i'v factor -
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Wi- i a1,. up d.
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e article upon I n
If lie was It gllllslllltl
ie I, bored tin' br.ri I
t'.i- ;!;. .Mns pre-
. -igl.l ..f, besides 1 1
:i,i lii.iii.-i'iint,, iiiiiier siiclt a s.tstei"
"!',ut villi ttie iieiiisiriitl revolution
ante tic dewdeiillieitt of inacllllle prm
' - til idn. illy tile ,-cope of cell
M ikif. ticw. in,'', be -iiiiie cireiimucribci1,
Ii muii ,is ei.mii 1 with only
small i.i Ml' in the manufacture of an
al tide. N'niie of i lie welkmen ceuM be
l.itii 'i.ir uitb nil of the details of the
pr . Ihieh mnn became only a con
In lb" tiitii liine. nnd the a'e of special!
v.i i ion bad ;iir vd.
Vi. t.ie neu li.lne In this age f.f
S ! liiltntiiin, V,. s, i the sti't'l lit
n i.i cut. I' ii I'.u y -eecinli.l'i''".
i' i Iimm ri t -1- .nte 'ii. i iniltiing. 1-
i mm" if ii, ll,i- ! i ! 1 1 1 1 .
' i' nl .if.' i Im- I iiltftiipled t" t"i
' .'e 11 It iii I., li'id wheie 'In
n xi ';!' .it Ifld nif a Iviincelifiit l.i .
' "ii i mi ,! ei ii i ! t'f old peeffi
.d ll w ue , es'iildislied lend
'n be .ibe.i' 1' lent ns pes-ible with
i lie pi.sfii' p. .-muii, i. Jlnw wai grealei
i-lln leticy te lie achieved?
"The only Held which had net been
probed te tn depth. I decided, was the
education of the workers. .Specialisa .Specialisa
teon and machinery were artillclal nlcls
te production. The greatest Improve Impreve
uumt v.euld uuiv ih.etigh natural ineanu
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age of It.'l becomes president
This is tlevd Heck Marvin when
the smoldering (ires of ambition
begin te blaze in In, youthful
- tin1'. .it,.'. .! I'atiet., nun i wen ai
male ruin worker inherently mere
capable, and hence morn ellicicut,
"Accordingly, having reached this
decision, I set out te lit myself te give
them thin education, I realized that
ene mini riinnet Impart ideas te large
ttreupH of. men unless ene has seme
cnewledgB of the sclence of education.
and ter this reason 1 specialized in i
(Ids subject during my first two years
In 1017, nftcr two years of crndunte
work. Dr. Marvin receivrd his second
master of arts decree, this one in edu
cation, from Harvard, It nunc barely
In flnie, for thnt miiiuiht found this
country entered in tlm European war,
and Dr. Marvin enlisted in July of thin
Assigned nt first t" the second Presl-
i un irninniK camp, in- lnul iiei-n mere
I only two months when he uns Riven
a cnptnln'N eomiiiissien. nnd htntietied
at I'ertlnnd, Ore, with special In-
1 btriinHntm in nM?niifn tUn tifjuttittim
ilepiirtment of th- Spruce Product Inn)
Division. Here Dr. Marvin's training
, ann nis nntive ability xtoe'I the (Jovern-1
went in Reed stend. At this early date
: In the war the nrmv could obtain only!
! ."0,000 feet of sprtire each month for!
its airplanes, and this did net begin
! te meet the tremendous needs of the '
.factories. Dr. Marvin took ever the l
ofiire with n staff of two iisslstnnth!
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nin-ii nil jimi, nix inenins nuer, nu una
: built up an organlzetl.m 't 2C per-
tens, the offices had grown from two'
small rooms t. occupy the .-ntlre fleer,
of one of the Inrgcst nfflee Innhlincs in
I'nrtliinil. These we,,, but lac nts -
. '11 i""wr,a!" .',ar' h. :ip ."""V"' i
ei b inice wilinn was l"lllg llirnimieii te
the factories had increased te 1.000.000 1
feet per dav.
' Hut that kind of service quleklv palled
en the young man, who thlrst.-d for a
taste of actual battle: through certain
orders he was released ftem bN ilutlc
at I'ertlnnd, and in .Inlv. JP1S. eh-
tallied an assignment ns cemainndaiit ,
of the officers' training ramp at Van-'
'ceuver Hnrrncks, Washingleii. This '
' was u trifle closer te actual service. I
but he continued I" wink for active
service, and a short time, biter he wiihI
assigned 'as capt.iin In the aviation i
: mtvIc'e. The eominis.slen came tool
Inte, hiiwe.ver. te witisfy liis desir" for'
'ewrswts service, for in Neiembcr of
that j ear. while he win preparing for I
I overseas work, th" armistice put an !
end te all his prospects of actual combat ,
The war ended. I):-. Mnrwn again 1
cur ' un.w v
: 4 .aaL. tf
J)r. Marvin as be appe-ired during
the World War. I!. serted as a
captain in ine npruce
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Tvy-clad library, stately In It
returned te coHcke walls, nnd through
the winter term of 1018-10. he remained
at Harvard, npraln specializing In educa
tion and liusini'KS, and In the spring of
1010 he received the highest degree
which can be earned by a studcal that
of doctor of philosophy.
While In the East Dr. Marvin had
formed business connections with
several large linns, nnd had served for
them as an adviser. Upen the eom eem eom
nletien of his doctor's work, he re
ceived offers which would have tempted
most men te join them permanently,
but he had ether plans m view. He-
lurninc te j.ns iircics, Y"Fr. I,c. lf
pected te enter busines' )k joined the
faculty of the SJherit Hranch of the
' nlversity of ( nllfernla as prefewbr
of economies and business aduiinlstrn-
tiun. At the ramc time he renewed
his connection with several of the firms
which he had served nt the time that he
tt-nu nKtfitnln.. lilj Ouf .nriutn'a ilnttrf p I
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frrm the I nlversity of Seitthern (ah -
forma, and accepted commNsiens from
new firms which f.lt tin- need of a busl-
ncss investiRatui; and luniiiigpnii'nt ex-
pert. That he did net allow his erk
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iraimui; "iiuvmb i iinim . m.- "" '
that in a few brief months he was made,
dean of the Southern branch of the
university. In 1!:M, ns u climax te
this impressive list of special cemmls-
sione nnd heavy duties, be was up-
pointed by the State Heard of Kducu-
tlen of California as chairman of a
committee for the reoig.'inlzatlen of
teachers' training curricula for the
Teachers' College of the State, and was
also appointed by th" same beard us
bi'cinllnt in commercial education.
These appointments required his at-
tcntlen for several months, but the
result of his Investigations vns a s't
of curricula which were accepted by th"
Cnlil'ernia State Heard of Kducalien.
Tlwy uliind ns a model for the reergani-
zatien and bimplillcatien of teachers'
It va while dean and nsistnnt
director of the Southern branch of the
'Ww '" n
Ith Its pImctte sentinels
University of California, with thti
seemingly overwhelming array of enl.
side interests, that hlu murked mmL
in the upbuilding of the instltuft
attracted the attention of the rrimiS
of the University of Arizona.
examination of Dr. Mnrvln'u record u
the licnil of the California Unlrerrir
easily persuaded the regents thnt tin
had found the mnn te fill the pest whfci
had been vacant for nlne months Dr
Marvin was invited te appear 'bfw
them, and he accepted the invitation
The Interview was satisfactory te th
regents, nnd the pest was offered U
Dr. Marvin the following morning.
The offer caused him no little drift,
erntlen. Te burrender his oppertunltiei
In California and align himself with Uw
University of Arizona meant sncrificti.
The step was a crucial one.
Hastily surveying the situation, low.
ever. Dr. Marvin appreciated the pef
nihilities which lay before him and tbt
institution in this growing State, with
i .? 1--. .. . . C
! iniaiiinm iirnjecis. ins iiecisien cam
.no ess promptly them thnt of til
At,nrine before them hnt ..
. I , ",?,, V. nC0dm0!5BntI1 "K";
be allowed naC,ree relno'er.an
i,i,nii.. t,.,. ,!, ti. ...hi V.
'V .. ''.?" . ! 'e, 1? wUcU hli
Investigation prompted; he must net b
haTnpercd by insistence upon out-of-date
methods nnd principles which
had persisted from previous ndmlnlstra.
tlens; he must be n'dewed sufficient
time te overcome short-sighted ebj
ions te theories which be would pat
Inte effect in the belief thnt they weri
in accord with a large vision of scrrlei
te the State.
Ills conditions were accepted en tba
instnnt : thej contract was ratified, nnd hi
returned te California te arrange Hi
biisiiiens and personal nffulrs. Within
three weeks he had returned te Tucson,
and Mrs. Marvin followed hlm a fetf
weeks later. The bells for the 8
o'clock classes the ne.U morning fennd
hlm established In his office ready for
the nnlle's conferences und incetinp
which inevitably ensued.
Wins Confidence of
The first few weeks of his ndmlnlstra
I tlen hnve been (tlrring ones. Reor
ganization has been rapid nnd far
reaching, yet the university lint, te all
I eutwnrd appearances, maintained Itl
i placid course. There has been no
I "sliuke-up" in the faculty, nltheu'h
i Dr. Martin has reduced the number of
j departments from forty-nine te twenty
i seven, without the emission of a tinglt
important course. A system of student
s'elf-geveranient, which had outlasted
' its time was rejtnenitted. and !
. operating with unparalleled success;
every form of student discipline hit
been taken from the bends of th
' faculty, and the s'uilents nre held
"spensible for the conduct of their fel
lows, with the power te suspend a
student for flagrant derelictions.
' Te meet, the demands of the IncreaMd
enrollment, which new stands at -.74,
' tli" largest in the history of the In
1 stitutien, it has been necessary te re
arrange departments, te take ever nna
1 remodel disused buildings and tlmSI
I used for non-essential purposes, te nt
' range for temporary aecommndntleul
until appropriations can be secured for
1 the construction of new buildings for
which plans are already being drawn.
Ten thousand nnd one details of ad
ministration must be seen te; social
,'ifl'nlrs by the dozen must be uttettucd;
speeches must be made before the
Hotary and Kiwanis clubs, the Chamber
of Commerce, the women's clubs; trip
must be made hi meetings and confer
ences in every part of the State, vet
loeieliew this energetic young president
mnnnscs '" accomplish evers thins ftt
sijiedule time. His eudiiruuce Is iwth
1 lug shut r of phenomenal.
waving In the southern brccsc'