Education: Grand Tour

When Harry Woodburn Chase in 1933 took over big, bustling New York University (12,072 students in those days), he had no trouble at all adjusting to the job. A onetime professor of psychology, Massachusetts-born Harry Chase had already served for eleven years as president of the University of North Carolina, for another three as head of the University of Illinois. N.Y.U.'s new Chancellor Chase was no man to be easily awed by size.

In 17 years, N.Y.U. grew accustomed to the chancellor's behind-the-scenes efficiency. He was a stately man of genial humor who...

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