Education: Individuality at Iowa

Barring a so-so football record, the University of Iowa is a contented campus this fall. It has regents who value academic freedom, faculty and students hospitable to fresh ideas, ever-more-liberal financial support from the legislature. More important, the university has a tradition of wise, long-reigning presidents. Last week Iowa installed a new one, the first in 24 years.

From the start, the man seemed to match the office. Said Howard R. Bowen, 56, in his inaugural address: "The University of Iowa, located almost literally on the edge of a cornfield," must be "a place...

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