Eben S. Stearns was the president from 1849-1855. A stickler for excellence, Eben S. Stearns was selected to head the school at age 30. He introduced many changes: admission standards were tightened, school terms were increased from three to four, advanced graduate courses were created, and, in 1850, diplomas were awarded to graduates to promote professionalism. During his tenure, the enrollment increased dramatically, necessitating another move, in 1853, from West Newton to the college's present location in Framingham. When Stearns left in 1855, many faculty members followed, resulting in the enrollment dropping dramatically from 154 to 30.
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