Henry A. Yeomans '00, has resigned from the position of Dean of Harvard College in order to return to teaching, and the Governing Boards of the University have elected Chester N. Greenough '98, professor of English, as his successor.
Professor Yeomans has been associated with the Dean's office for nine years. From 1912 to 1916 he was Assistant Dean in charge of Freshmen. In 1916 he was appointed Dean of Harvard College in succession to Professor Byron S. Hurlbut, '87. He has held the position on the understanding that he would serve only for a limited period and he has now asked to be relieved of his administrative duties at the end of the current year in order that he may spend next year on sabbatical leave of absence returning in 1922-23 to the teaching of government at Harvard.
Henry A. Yeomans was born on a farm on the outskirts of Ashtabula, Ohio, in 1877. He prepared for the University at the Spokane High School, arrived in Cambridge with less than three hundred dollars, worked his way through college, and graduated summa cum laude in 1900, standing second in his class. He took the degree of A.M. in 1901 and that LL.B. at the Law School in 1904.
As a member of the teaching staff at the University, Mr. Yeomans has held successively the positions of lecturer, instructor, assistant professor, and finally, professor of government. When Assistant Dean during the years 1912-16, he was largely instrumental in the successful establishment of the Freshman dormitories. During the summer of 1919 he was director of the American University Union in Paris, and later served as Harvard exchange professor at the University of Paris.
Professor Greenough Experienced
Throughout the period of Dean Yeoman's absence in Europe, Professor Chester N. Greenough was Acting Dean. Professor Greenough, therefore, comes to his new position with over a year's experience in the administration of the Dean's office.
Professor Greenough is 46 years old and a member of the class of 1898. From 1899-1907 he taught English at the University. For the next three years he was professor of English at the University of Illinois, and in 1910 he returned to the English Department at the University.
During recent years, aside from the period when he was Acting Dean and a short interval during the war when he was in the employ of the Shipping Board, Professor Greenough has been in charge of English A, the required Freshman course in composition at the University, and has also given courses in Literature of the 17th and 18th centuries. He is the author of a book on English Composition and also the History of Literature in America, the latter written in collaboration with the late Professor Barrett Wendell. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Massachusetts Historical Society