Education: New Faces of 1976

When the aging college president retired, he did not give his successor any advice, but instead left four numbered envelopes with instructions to open them in sequence as campus crises arose. Sure enough, trouble came soon, and the young chief executive opened the first envelope. The message inside: "Balance your budget. " When new problems developed, the president twice more consulted his silent mentors. "Form a committee," read the second note; "Make a new five-year plan, "said the third. After a period of relative calm, another crisis ensued, and the president, after opening...

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