Universities: The Pursuit of Presidents

No task in academe is quite so tough or ticklish as picking a college president; never before in U.S. history have so many schools been engaged in the struggle to find one. According to a survey by the American Council on Education issued last week, at least 300 U.S. institutions—ranging from giant state universities to dozens of tiny junior colleges—are in the market for a new top man. Most of them are ruefully discovering that U.C.L.A. Chancellor Franklin Murphy is right when he claims that "attracting high-quality academic administrators is the biggest...

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