Education: Failure of a Mission

When scholarly, bush-haired Harold Walter Stoke took over as president of Louisiana State University in 1947, he came as a man with a mission: he wanted to raise L.S.U.'s academic reputation to the level of the lavish $41 million campus that Huey Long had helped to build. For a while, it seemed as if he might succeed in doing just that (TIME, May 9, 1949).

But in 3-3-years, Harold Stoke found that his reforms did not always win applause. From the start, he aroused some of his deans by taking away their arbitrary right to hire & fire faculty members, and...

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