Universities: Taming Cayuga's Waters

The happy hybrid of U.S. higher education is Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y.—an Ivy League school with a Big Ten flavor. Part of it is private and impeccably elite; part of it is public and happily egalitarian. In riding such disparate horses, President Deane W. Malott, 64, has spent eleven years "trying to reduce chaos to disorder." Now he is retiring in favor of James A. Perkins, vice president of the philanthropic Carnegie Corporation of New York. At 51, Perkins took the job partly because "I was ready for a large, tough proposition." He got it. Says Cornell's noted...

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