Universities: A Coordinator for Cal

The restive University of California shifted from a visionary academic planner to a pragmatic scholarly manager last week in its choice of a new president. The regents unanimously selected Charles Johnston Hitch, 57, an economist who helped revolutionize money management in the Pentagon before moving to Cal as vice president for finance two years ago. He will take office on Jan. 1, succeeding Clark Kerr, who was fired eight months ago. Hitch survived the fine screening of a regents selection committee that started with 261 names, eventually worked down to six, including HEW Secretary John Gardner,...

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