Education: Streamliner

Apparently no big U.S. university can now afford to pick a scholar for its president. The U.S. college president, 1947 model, has to be a salesman, skilled at wheedling bequests from his alumni; a special pleader when it comes to dealing with his trustees; an executive when it comes to bossing his community of scholars. Last week, the University of Southern California picked a new president, and ran true to form.

U.S.C. chose big, affable, 51-year-old Fred Dow Fagg Jr., dean of the faculties at Northwestern University. Fred Fagg is an air-minded administrator whom Franklin Roosevelt once picked to reorganize the Bureau...

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