Education: From Goheen to Boheen

At some U.S. colleges in recent years, the quest for a new president has been an acrimonious affair, with students, faculty and alumni all vying for a major voice in the selection process. But when Princeton's Robert F. Goheen announced last March that he intended to step down after 15 years as president, there was no unseemly power struggle at the nation's fourth oldest university, either onstage or behind the scenes. As one senior wrote in the alumni magazine: "Students trust the administration to come up with a qualified appointee."

A major reason for...

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