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Mills' health failed, and he was made Acting Bursar by the Executive
Committee of the Board of Trustees. Then in May, 1907, he was
elected Secretary and Bursar of the College, and Assistant Secretary
of the Board of Trustees. In 1911, he was made Superintendent of the
College Hospital; in 1923 he was elected Secretary of the Board of
Trustees to succeed Mr. Cary J. Hunter, who died in that year.
In placing Mr. Earnshaw as a full time executive in the Business
Office, the College was keeping step with the times. A dozen years
later, the Eastern Association of College Business Officers held its
first meeting at Johns Hopkins University (November 26 and 27).
Two years later, Mr. Earnshaw joined the Association―meeting then
with Cornell University. His ability was quickly recognized in this
group of representatives of some seventy-five eastern colleges and
universities. In 1923, 1924, and 1925 he was a member of the
Executive Committee of the Association. He was elected vice
president in 1926, and president of the Association in 1929.
His primary interest in the Association was to see set up and
adopted by the members a standard classification of accounting and
reporting. Each year that he served on the Executive Committee
(which was responsible for making up the programs) he urged that
this subject be kept before the group. Finally, the year he was
president, the ball really began to roll. Dr. Klein of the United States
Office of Education said that if the membership would adopt a
uniform plan, the Bureau of Education would set up a separate report
for those who followed it and would take no responsibility for those
who did not follow.
He appointed Messrs. W. O. Miller of the University of
Pennsylvania and G. S. Rupp of the University of Pittsburgh to
cooperate with the other similar associations in America. The General
Education Board appropriated some $30,000.00 to round out the
work. Standard reporting is now no longer a dream but a
reality―thanks to the groundwork done by Trevor Arnett of The
General Education Board and to long continued and ardous work
carried on by the National Committee
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