Henry Ruffner again served as acting president before the trustees appointed Henry Vethake, a mathematician and economist. Born in British Guiana, Vethake moved to the U.S. as a young boy. He graduated from Columbia College and taught at Queens College (now Rutgers) and became known as an educational reformer while at the University of New York. Still, as Washington College president, he held traditional beliefs on student discipline and championed the classical course. After just two terms as president, Vethake was physically assaulted by a student who had been dismissed, and he left the college for the University of Pennsylvania.