The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 86, July 1982 - April, 1983 Page: 254
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254 Southwestern Historical Quarterly
partment of Extension. Its problems were compounded by the Univer-
sity's involvement in institutional politics. The political controversy
resulted in a transfer of power to Shurter, an able man, but one who
was not inclined to delegate authority. He directed the University away
from extensive competition with A&M College, but he also eagerly ac-
cepted expanded responsibilities, along with federal funds, in World
War I. The wartime experiences imbued in Shurter, as they did in
many progressives, a desire to use public institutions to spread Ameri-
canism, a goal somewhat different from the original desire to instill
democratic principles. At the same time, Shurter resented challenges
to his authority, demands to democratize the Department of Exten-
sion's administration, and charges that he neglected his University
duties for his own advancement. The conflict of bureaucratic politics
hastened his resignation. The University then turned to an educator,
professionally trained in extension work, who took the already success-
fully formed Department of Extension into a period of quiet, con-
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