Education: Wanted: Prestige

The University of Washington, one of the nation's biggest (15,500 students), was getting ready this week to take a look at a distinguished visitor who will also be its new president: Medievalist Charles Odegaard, 47, now dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan. In choosing him after an 18-month search, the regents expect to change not only presidents but the face of their university.

When Washington's President Henry Schmitz, 65, announced that he would retire, few tears were shed on his campus in Seattle. A former...

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