Universities: Young in Heart

When Franklin Murphy decided to step down as chancellor of U.C.L.A., the California board of regents could have followed the normal practice in finding a successor: appoint an acting president, sound out candidates, eventually settle on a president who had made a name elsewhere. Instead, the regents satisfied themselves, faculty and students by staying on campus. Early this month, Charles E. Young, U.C.L.A.'s vice chancellor, officially took charge of the 28,000-student campus. Only eight years out of graduate school, Young is, at 36, the nation's youngest head of a major university.

Young makes no pretense of being a scholar: his...

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