Education: A New Generation of College Presidents

would anyone become a college president? The job requires a peerless fund raiser, diplomat, orator and cop — a man who can tame romantic radicals, soothe rival professors, work ungodly hours and somehow prove his own scholarly prowess.

In recent years, student revolts have broken many a college president and kept numerous campuses headless across the country. Even so, a whole new generation of willing masochists has lately taken over many of the nation's top campuses, including Bryn Mawr, Cornell, Hunter, Mount Holyoke, Penn State and Swarthmore. Among the brightest presidential faces:


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