Education: New Mr. Smith

Smith College is one of the top U.S. schools for women, but its presidency is traditionally a job for a man.* Its retiring head man, Jonathan Swift scholar Herbert John Davis, who will leave in June after nine years in the president's office, had been plucked from the Cornell faculty. This week, Smith announced it had found his successor at Harvard.

Smith's new president is Benjamin Fletcher Wright, a bush-browed, pipe-smoking social scientist who looks younger than his 49 years. He was born in Texas, went to Texas public schools (in Austin) and the University of Texas, spent World War I as...

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