Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Hallowell, Burton Crosby, 1915-
|Burton Crosby Hallowell (1915- ) served as president of Tufts from 1967 to 1976.He was born in Orleans, Massachusetts, on May 2, 1915.He received his B.A. (1936) and M.A. (1938) from Wesleyan University and his Ph. D. (1949) from Princeton University. He received honorary L.H.D. degrees from Wesleyan University and Boston University in 1969 and honorary LL. D. degrees from Northeastern University in 1973 and American International College in 1975.He worked as an instructor of economics at Wesleyan from 1941-42, before working for the United States' Office of Strategic Services in 1942 and the Army of the United States from 1942-46.From 1946 to 1967, Hallowell was a professor of economics at Wesleyan. Hallowell served as Wesleyan's Vice President for Planning and Development from 1962-65 and Executive Vice President from 1965-67.|
In 1967, he was inaugurated as President of Tufts University. He is credited with successfully applying his financial planning skills to Tufts' budget. His presidency was marked by episodes of student unrestincluding Vietnam war protests, protests over the presence of army recruiters on campus, and the "Construction Site Crisis" of 1969.The "Construction Site Crisis" occurred when student groups protested the absence of minority workers on dormitory construction crews. Hallowell's adminstration responded to demands for social and educational change by examining and changing the Tufts' curriculum. Committees such as the University Steering Committee, the Committee on Undergraduate Education, and the President's Adminstrative Advisory Group were very active during this time. Hallowell supported the Experimental College and the College Within, both designed to support self-designed programs of study. He resigned as President in 1976, in accordance with his belief that such a position should be held for no longer than a decade.
Source: History from finding aid for the Burton Crosby Hallowell collection, UA001.012