Professor G. H. Edgell '09 has been promoted to an associate professorship of fine arts and has been elected Dean of the Harvard School of Architecture by the Governing Boards of the University.
Dean Edgell, who thus assumes a position which has been vacant since the death of Dean H. Langford Warren in 1917, is one of the youngest men ever chosen to preside over a Harvard faculty. His appointment is interesting also in that he is not an architect himself, but a teacher of the history of art. He is, however, the author, with Flake Kimball, of "A History of Architecture", and it is expected that he will give courses on this subject as dean of the School.
Dean Edgell graduated from the University in 1909 and has spent most of his time since then teaching fine arts at the University. From 1910 to 1912 he was fellow in Renaissance studies at the American School of Classical Studies at Rome. He took the degree of Ph.D. at the University in 1913, became assistant professor in 1914, and has just been made an associate professor.
In 1920 he spent a year teaching the history of Italian art as annual professor at the Classical School in Rome, which meanwhile had been merged with the American Academy. Dean Edgell has given courses at Harvard on the history of mediaeval, Renaissance, and modern art, and recently lectured at the Lowell Institute on the painters of Siena. He is a member of the Archaeological Institute of America.
As secretary to the committee on the choice of electives, one of the most important faculty committees at the University, Dean Edgell has been in charge of administering the complicated college rules on the choice of courses. He serves also on the administrative board of the College.
Dean Edgell will take office next September, and until that time Professor C. W. Killam will continue as acting dean.