Education: Columbia Gets Its Man

"My God, I'm glad it's over," said Columbia University Chemistry Professor Ronald C. D. Breslow as he hoisted a laboratory beaker full of champagne last week. Breslow was toasting the fact that after a frustrating 18-month search, Columbia had finally found a permanent successor to Grayson Kirk, who resigned the presidency in 1968 following violent campus disorders. The man who has agreed to take over from Interim President Andrew Cordier next fall: William J. McGill, 47, chancellor of the University of California at San Diego.

For McGill, the trip east will be a homecoming. Born in The Bronx, he worked his way...

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