Education: Wichita Worries

On their pell-mell way to join the New Deal in the spring of 1933, the professors of the Brain Trust might have noticed one of their former colleagues proceeding in the opposite direction. The tall, bald, rangy gentleman with the glum expression was William Marion Jardine, who had deserted his books to be Coolidge Secretary of Agriculture and Hoover Minister to Egypt. After a brief stay in the Kansas State Treasurer's office, Republican Jardine was offered and accepted the presidency of the Municipal University of Wichita. (Enrollment: 1,662.)

Even before he went to Washington,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!