Education: The Extracurricular Clout Of Powerful College Presidents

The Extracurricular Clout Of Powerful College Presidents

A REDOUBTABLE fellow nowadays is the university president: he commands the vast expertise of his institution and knows how to organize intellect. As a fast-changing society increasingly values these qualities, the influence of the presidents is soaring. They have become a kind of fifth estate, half educators and half national policymakers.

Their influence reaches worldwide; they have no time to spend up in ivory towers because they are so often up in jet planes. On a recent trip to see how well the University of the Philippines was using an improvement grant from the Rockefeller Foundation,...

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