Universities: Presidential Perils

A change in command at a college can sometimes be as rough as a switch of leaders in a banana republic. Last week two campuses were in turmoil because trustees named new presidents over the heads of favorite local candidates, and on a third campus a departing president philosophized about the perils of prolonged leadership.

Slippery Rock State College is a thriving school in western Pennsylvania noted mainly for the chuckles it draws when radio announcers toss its football scores in among those of such giants as Notre Dame and Michigan. Yet Slippery Rock's 2,300 students were dead serious...

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