Education: Biting the Silber Bullet

Wherever John R. Silber goes in academe, controversy seems to follow. In 1970, Silber, then 43, was fired as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Texas when he opposed the board of regents' plan to split his college into smaller schools. A year later, after a nine-month search by a 21-man committee, he was named president of Boston University. Since taking office, he has led an ambitious program to raise the school's admission standards, cut its sizable deficit ($2.2 million), and improve the quality of the faculty. Laudable goals, but the manner in which Silber...