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the sexes, but providing for them a more extensive course of study than seems at first to have been anticipated.
The institution has hitherto accomplished more than could have been anticipated, when its repeated change of purpose and the limited means at its disposal are taken into the account. But its policy seems now established. Its government desires to constitute it a first class College for men and
It still continues under the patronage of the two Conferences of the M. E. Church into which Michigan has been divided, these bodies possessing and exercising the right of appointing from year to year its Board of Trustees. Especial efforts are now being made for its adequate endowment, which promises success. Should its friends throughout the State contribute of their means for this noble purpose, as it is believed they may, there seems nothing to prevent its becoming, at an early day, a proud monument to the wisdom of its founders and patrons, and an institution which shall be worthy of the beneficence of Christian men and women, and an efficient agency for good among the educational institutions for which Michigan is already justly celebrated.
Institutions of learning, to be successful, require great wisdom and prudence in the establishment of their financial and educational policy, and untiring constancy and vigilance, in carrying out the line of policy fixed upon. With bodies organized as the patronizing Conferences of this College are, the evident tendency is to select Trustees in part, with reference to their temporary residence, rather than entirely on account of their peculiar fitness for such a charge. This tendency also involves a liability to frequent changes. These courses combined, tend to prevent the development of a wise policy on the part of the government of an Institution, and induce fluctuations.
The preceding are believed to be manifiest tendencies which require to be carefully guarded against. If this Institution has in the past, at times, experienced inconvenience from these causes, it is believed the effect will be to secure the exercise of greater care in the selection of its Board of Trustees in the
future, and to continue the wise and prudent longer in their positions-conditions that require to be fulfilled, in order to enable
Institution to realize results most creditable to its friends, and most beneficial to the State.
The general condition and means of usefulness of the Albion College, are doubtless fully set forth in the report of the Board of Trustees now before you, and need not, therefore, be further dwelt upon here.
The writer takes pleasure in saying the examinations attended upon, and the essays of young women, and the addresses of young men, at the exhibitions of the College, are alike creditable to the ability and fidelity of the College Faculty, and to the high purposes and noble aims of the students. All of which is respectfully submitted.
IRA MAYHEW. ALBION, Dec. 10, 1866.
Hon. ORAMEL HOSFORD, Sup't Pub. Instruction:
The Board of Visitors for Olivet College, for the academic year 1865-6, beg leave to report.
Two of the Board were present at the examinations and public exercises of the College at the close of the year, and were afforded every desired facility for witnessing the practical working of the Institution. We were pleased to observe the beauty and quiet of the village, so favorable to study, the deep interest of the people in the prosperity of the College and the welfare of the students, the orderly and commendable propriety of both sexes, wherever we met them, and the high tone of moral and religious feeling in the College and the community. The recitations were generally good, 'many of them excellent; some of them, especially of the advanced classes, superior; and all of them were highly creditable to both
students and instructors, evincing that the former had been studious, and the latter competent and devoted to their work.
The public exercises, though performed mostly by juniors, were highly creditable,-the orations, essays and music, all indicating a careful and pretty thorough training.
The discipline of the College seems to be wise an l efficient, indicating that the reins of government are held with a gentle, yet firm hand.
We found the College very much in need of enlarged accommodations for students, (especially for gentlemen,) and were gratified in witnessing the laying of the corner-stone for the new Gentlemen's Hall, now in process of erection.
On the whole, after spending three days at Olivet, we were impressed with the conviction that the College is on the right plan, in the right place, and under the right management, and that it is every way worthy of the patronage of the people. And when its accommodations shall have been sufficiently enlarged its endowment completed, and its Library, Cabinet, and other incidental helps made what they should be, its present wide sphere of usefulness will be greatly extended.
GEO. H. COFFEY. Nov. 30, 1866.
REPORT OF PRESIDENT.
Hon. O. HOSFORD, Superintendent of Public Instruction :
DEAR SIR-In obedience to the requirements of the laws, I send you the following annual report of Kalamazoo College.
The last College year, which closed the 29th day of June, was one of marked pleasantness and good order. There was a large increase of students over the previous year, and the work of both teachers and students was well and successfully accomplished. The most admirable harmony prevailed between all the members of the College, and the institution was entirely free from all those scenes of disorder which so often break in upon the peace and quiet of our seats of higher learning.
The number of students in the several departments was as follows:
73 Total number of students for the year,..
217 The Faculty of instruction was as follows:
Rev. John M. Gregory, LL. D., President, Professor of Moral and Mental Philosophy and History.
Rov. Daniel Putman, M. A., Professor of the Latin Language and Literature.
Rev. H. L. Wayland, M. A., Professor of the Greek Language and Literature, and Instructor in Chemistry and Physiology.
Burt Professor of Mathematics.
Kalamazoo Professor of Natural Sciences. Charles D. Gregory, B. A., Principal of the Preparatory Department.
Robert H. Tripp, M. A., Instructor in Ancient Languages.
Austin George, Instructor in Book-keeping and Natural Science.
J. W. Caldwell, Instructor in Mathematics.
The degree of Bachelor of Arts was conferred upon three gentlemen who had completed the course, and the degree of Master of Arts upon two of the former graduates. Two ladies also graduated from the Ladies' Course.
The Financial Statement for the year was as follows:
Received on Debt Fund,.
$8,485 79 7,632 33 1,058 33
$17,176 45 The Expenditures amounted to,....
$17,174 00 There was also added to the Endowment Fund, during the year, by the citizens of Kalamazoo, towards the endowment of the Kalamazoo Professorship, $5,000. Legacies of a large amount also fell to the College during the year, the exact value of which cannot be determined till the estates of the deceased devisors are settled.
Considerable additions have been made to the library and cabinets.