Education: Neilson's Successor

Twenty-two years ago Smith College chose a Scot to be its president. It never regretted its choice. It liked witty, tolerant William Allan Neilson so well that when he retired last June it asked him to help choose his own successor. Last week Dr. Neilson and Smith's trustees together picked another British-born scholar to head the college: Herbert John Davis, a native of Northamptonshire, now chairman of the English department at Cornell.

Like Dr. Neilson, Mr. Davis is an authority on English literature. Dr. Neilson's specialty is Shakespeare, Mr. Davis' Jonathan Swift. Mr....

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