Education: Rufus Rex, Ex

Behind his back, some of the faculty call him "Rufus Rex." Last week Rufus Rex—Rufus Bernhard von KleinSmid, 70 —quit after 24 years as president of the University of Southern California. In U.S.C.'s official handout, he struck out the word "resigned," left it reading that he had been "elevated" to chancellor, an advisory post. Three days before, a committee that claimed to represent 90% of the faculty had appealed to U.S.C.'s trustees to investigate the "indefensible, inequitable" salaries imposed by Rufus Rex.

Said the committee: "Salaries have been determined by private treaty rather than in accordance with any recognizable plan. Under...

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