Education: From Rice to Stanford

Shortly after he was appointed president of Rice University in Houston seven years ago, Chemist Kenneth Pitzer was asked whether he planned to pattern his school after Caltech or M.I.T. Neither, replied Caltech Graduate Pitzer. "I intend to model it on Stanford."

He was as good as his word. And he was so successful at building a Texas copy of the school he considers one of the best in the world that Stanford took particular notice. Last week Stanford paid Pitzer the ultimate compliment: it brought him to Palo Alto to succeed President I.E....