Education: The Saxon Establishment

"When I was an assistant professor," says Theoretical Physicist David Saxon, "I thought the role of a university administrator had nothing to do with anything." Saxon, 55, will soon have ample opportunity to find out if he was right. It has just been announced that in July he will take over as president of the nine-campus, 122,436-student University of California, a trend setter in U.S. higher education.

Saxon, vice chancellor of U.C.L.A. and provost of the entire university, will assume the top job at a crucial period. Once unquestionably one of the best universities...

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