Education: The Regents' Choice

Lorene Rogers, a biochemist and former professor of nutrition, is an unlikely center of campus controversy. Yet last week Rogers—quiet, petite and slender at 61—was indeed the focus of protest at the University of Texas at Austin, as many of the faculty and students demanded her resignation. They did not particularly object to her academic qualifications or her performance as an educator; after all, she has been on campus for 26 years, including stints as associate graduate dean and vice president. Rather, the campus anger was directed at the board of regents, which had ignored the candidates offered by a student-faculty...

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