Education: Confusion with a Purpose

Robert Maynard Hutchins is now a No. 1 man with an A+ title. In an administrative shake-up which he called "purposely confused," Dr. Hutchins last week turned over his title as president of the University of Chicago—but none of his major duties and privileges—to suave, 44-year-old Ernest C. Colwell, who had ably served for the past year as vice president and dean of faculties. For himself Dr. Hutchins devised the new post of chancellor.

What purpose there was in this confusion, except to give Chancellor Hutchins more time for big thinking, was anybody's guess for the moment. But the science faculties, which...