Universities: Picking Deans at Harvard

Harvard President Nathan Pusey has been known to sigh in private about the amount of time he must spend picking new deans for his university. There are nine major deans in all, and there have been twelve changes since Pusey took over in 1953.

After Law Dean Erwin Griswold resigned last fall to become U.S. Solicitor General, Pusey asked all 80 members of the law faculty for suggestions on what directions the school should take and who Griswold's successor should be. Pusey also had to sift through proposals from alumni, consulted with fellow...