Education: Quadrumvirate

Dwight D. Eisenhower had scarcely begun to learn his new job as Columbia University's president before he was whisked off to Washington to become presiding officer of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Yet the nation's fourth biggest university* (enrollment 28,800) seemed to just keep rolling along. Who were Ike's deputy commanders while he was away? Last week Columbia identified them.

One of them is 48-year-old Provost Albert C. Jacobs, onetime Oxford lecturer in jurisprudence, wartime naval reserve captain and professor of law at Columbia. Professor Jacobs, provost since 1947, will be Ike's "principal assistant," act as his "alter ego and successor during...