Universities: A Mediator for Michigan

"We considered suggestions from and about anybody who could breathe. Probably the only person who could meet all the qualifications we wanted died about 2,000 years ago." Robert Briggs, chairman of the committee which was assigned to choose a new president for the University of Michigan, was exaggerating—but not all that much: finding the right president for a big university today is an arduous, time-consuming task. Last week, after a search that lasted for 13 months, Michigan finally picked as its new head Robben Fleming, 50, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin's...

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