Pusey, Nathan


Pusey, Nathan

▪ American educator
in full  Nathan Marsh Pusey  
born April 4, 1907, Council Bluffs, Iowa, U.S.
died November 14, 2001, New York, New York

      American educator, president of Harvard University (1953–71), who greatly enhanced the school's endowment and educational facilities and revitalized its teaching of the humanities. From 1971 until his retirement in 1975 he was president of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

      Pusey was educated at Harvard (A.B., 1928; M.A., 1932; Ph.D., 1937) and began his teaching career as a tutor in an experimental “great books” program at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin, and then as a teacher at Scripps College in Claremont, California. In 1940 he returned to New England to develop a freshman-sophomore liberal arts program at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he became associate professor of classics in 1943. In 1944 Pusey returned to Lawrence College as president, and in 1953 he was appointed president of Harvard, succeeding James B. Conant (Conant, James B.). He was the first non-New Englander to hold the post.

      Pusey immediately devoted his efforts to increasing Harvard's endowment—as he had done at Lawrence College—and his efforts were highly successful. He won great praise in the 1950s for his defense of academic and intellectual freedom when U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy called Harvard a “privileged sanctuary for Fifth Amendment communists” and demanded the dismissal of several faculty members. Pusey was also instrumental in modernizing Harvard: he raised faculty salaries, brought in more female faculty, added new buildings to the campus, and instituted coeducational dormitories. Antiwar protests in the late 1960s, however, twice forced the closing of the campus, and in 1969 bloodshed resulted when Pusey called in the Cambridge police to end a student sit-in. Sharply criticized for his handling of the situation, he announced in 1970 that he would retire the following year. Pusey's works include The Age of the Scholar (1963) and American Higher Education, 1945–70 (1978).

* * *


Universalium. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Pusey, Nathan Marsh — ▪ 2002       American educator (b. April 4, 1907, Council Bluffs, Iowa d. Nov. 14, 2001, New York, N.Y.), was president of Harvard University from 1953 to 1971. Despite his success in revitalizing the university, he left the post embittered by… …   Universalium

  • Nathan M. Pusey — Nathan Marsh Pusey 24th President of Harvard University Term 1953 – 1971 Predecessor James Bryant Conant Successor Derek Curtis Bok …   Wikipedia

  • Pusey — can refer to:People* Edward Bouverie Pusey * Nathan Pusey * Stephen PuseyPlaces* Pusey, Haute Saône, a commune of the Haute Saône département in France * Pusey, Oxfordshire, a small village with stately home, in Oxfordshire, England …   Wikipedia

  • Nathan E. Kendall — Nathan Edward Kendall (* 17. März 1868 bei Greenville, Clay County, Iowa; † 5. November 1936 in Des Moines, Iowa) war ein US amerikanischer Politiker (Republikanische Partei) und von 1921 bis 1925 der 23. Gouverneur des Bundesstaates Iowa. Er war …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nathan E. Kendall — Nathan Edward Kendall (March 17, 1868 November 5, 1936), a Republican politician, was a two term U.S. Representative from Iowa s 6th congressional district and the 23rd Governor of Iowa. Contents 1 Background 2 Congress 3 Governorship …   Wikipedia

  • Pusey — /pyooh zee/, n. 1. Edward Bouverie /booh veuh ree/, 1800 82, English clergyman. 2. Nathan Marsh, born 1907, U.S. educator: president of Harvard University 1953 71. * * * …   Universalium

  • President of Harvard University — The President is the chief administrator of Harvard University. Ex officio the chairman of the Harvard Corporation, he or she is appointed by and is responsible to the other members of that body, who delegate to him or her the day to day running… …   Wikipedia

  • Derek Bok — 25th President of Harvard University In office 1971–1991 Preceded by Nathan M. Pusey Succeeded by Neil Leon Rudenstine Acting …   Wikipedia

  • Lawrence University — Infobox University image size = 190px name = Lawrence University motto = Light More Light! Veritas est lux ( Truth is Light ) established = 1847 type = Private president = Jill Beck city = Appleton state = Wisconsin, country = USA students =… …   Wikipedia

  • Western Force — Infobox club sportif Emirates Western Force …   Wikipédia en Français


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.