Education: Humanologist

Virgil M. Hancher grew up on an Iowa farm, went from the State University of Iowa to Oxford for his M.A., and eventually turned himself into a successful Chicago lawyer. But today at 55, Hancher is renowned neither as farmer nor lawyer: he is one of the top state university presidents in the U.S.

In twelve years, the State University of Iowa (enrollment: 7,200) has come to know him as a friendly, bookish man who rises at 6:45, spends the next ten hours hurrying about his campus, charging purposefully into all sorts of projects. But he is also a familiar figure far...

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