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By R. Schwartz

Deans of guys in American schools and universities have been created within the overdue 19th and early 20th centuries to aid deal with a growing to be scholar inhabitants. The early deans usually had a character that allowed them to interact simply with scholars. through the years, many deans observed their places of work bring up in dimension and accountability. The career grew slowly yet through the 1940's drew a number of hundred males to annual meetings and lots of extra have been participants. Deans of fellows and ladies have been major figures for students; many scholars observed them because the "face" of the varsity or college. Schwartz lines the function and paintings of the deans and the way they controlled the swiftly growing to be tradition of the yankee collage campus within the 20th century.

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Automobiles, alcohol, and cheating were cardinal sins in his view and typically grounds for expulsion. However, Clark often was willing to forgive the repentant and students who were discharged were often able to return to complete their studies if they acknowledged the errors of their ways. Clark also had a soft spot for young men who were limited in their means and opportunities. Many of the young men who attended the University of Illinois in the late 1800s and early 1900s were from rural, farm families or small towns.

5 Clark stayed in close touch with his extended family, visiting frequently by car (the small towns of Turlock and Rantoul where Clark had grown up were within a 20-mile radius of the Champaign-Urbana University of Illinois campus). A College Man Despite his affinity for his family and home life, like many young men of his time, Clark was eager to leave the family farm in search of new career opportunities. But because of his family obligations on the farm, Clark had to delay his dream until 1886, when he persuaded his aunt/mother and brother to sell the farm and move to Champaign, where at the age of 24, he could finally realize his dream of a college education.

Thomas was added as another Assistant Dean. In 1924, Turner ascended to become Assistant Dean and Thomas became Assistant Dean for Freshmen. 21 These administrative changes reflected the rapid expansion of student enrollments at Illinois. But make no mistake—the growth of the Office of Dean of Men at Illinois was a direct reflection of Thomas Arkle Clark’s deliberate use of his office to gain more and more administrative control and to expand his power and influence beyond the scope of student discipline and individual advising.

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