Education: Academe's Exhausted Executives

W. Clarke Wescoe, chancellor of the University of Kansas since 1960, announced last week that he will resign in June. He is only 48. Two weeks ago, Vernon R. Alden revealed that he will leave the presidency of Ohio University after just six years. He is 45.

Within the past year countless other heads of U.S. colleges and universities have also quit, well before retirement age. They include U.C.L.A.'s Franklin Murphy, 52, Indiana's Elvis J. Stahr, 52, Swarthmore's Courtney Smith, 51, Kentucky's John W. Oswald, 50, San Francisco State's John Summerskill, 43, and Hawaii's Thomas Hamilton, 54.

One reason for the resignations was...

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