Universities: New Blood for Brown

College administrators who stay too long tend to be "complacently pleased" with themselves, Brown University's President Barnaby C. Keeney told a commencement audience in Providence last June. Keeney, 51, obviously believes in practicing what he preaches. Last week, after ten years and five months as head of the nation's seventh oldest (201 years) institution of higher education, he stepped down to make way for a new president: Ray L. (for Lorenzo) Heffner, 40, currently vice president and dean of faculties at Indiana University.

A tough-minded scholar (specialty: 13th century history) who won a combat Silver Star in World War II,...

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