Education: New Haven's Presidential Search

Needed: Someone to lead the Old Blue out of the red

It could almost be the College of Cardinals, sitting in secrecy to elect a new Pope. There are closed-door sessions around a huge octagonal table, beneath the gaze of portraits of past presidents. The participants—members of the Yale Corporation, Yale University's august board of directors—breathe not a word about their deliberations. There is even an executive secretary who vigilantly collects every scrap of paper after each meeting, carries them home and carefully burns them in his fireplace.

And rather like the white smoke...

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