Education: Catch for Chicago

When the University of Chicago's Chancellor Lawrence A. Kimpton submitted his resignation last March, a mighty talent hunt gripped the Midway. Out went letters to 60,000 old grads, asking for suggestions. Such academic statesmen as James B. Conant were consulted. Two committees pondered 375 possible Kimpton successors, including Adlai Stevenson, Richard Nixon, and Harvard's Dean McGeorge Bundy. The debate led to a decision that Chicago needed neither a big name nor an experienced academic administrator, but rather, as Trustee Chairman Glen A. Lloyd put it, "a top scholar in his own right"—a...

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