Education: Is Pusey Too Busy?

"I think he's been a most effective president," mused White House Aide McGeorge Bundy—referring, for the moment, not to John F. Kennedy but to Harvard's Nathan Marsh Pusey. For to Bundy, the former dean of Harvard's faculty of arts and sciences, even the turmoil in Laos last week could not wholly eclipse the fuss in Cambridge—a fuss sparked by Bundy's own departure from Harvard 16 months ago, and the consequent pressure of work laid on President Pusey.

Contrary to the impression he often gave, dynamic Dean Bundy did not rule Harvard; that job is reserved for the god-king that Harvard expects its...

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