Education: Vacancy Filled

There was nothing really wrong with twelve-year-old Queens College. It had a tree-lined 52-acre campus across the East River from Manhattan, an able faculty of 225, some 3,000 students and no real worries about raising money. Since it was one of the four independent branches of the College of the City of New York,* it could count on handsome support from the taxpayers. Queens College's only real trouble was that for more than a year—ever since Dr. Paul Klapper resigned—it had not been able to find a president.

Last winter, it came close. New York City's Board of Higher Education was ready...

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