Education: Straight Furrow

Though he has never taught a class in his life and has never earned a doctor's degree, Robert Gordon Sproul is president of one of the world's largest universities. He has held the job since 1930, now gets $17,500 a year. Businesswise, back-slapping Bob Sproul (rhymes with jowl) acts like what he is: the capable sales manager for a mammoth educational chain-store (the University of California, with eight campuses, 38,864 students).

Until last week, Californians worried (as they often have cause to) that they might lose popular Bob Sproul.

Columbia University was looking for a new president to succeed retired 84-year-old Nicholas Murray...

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