Education: New Order for Stanford

Take a scholar of liberal mind who abhors U.S. policy in Viet Nam. Make him provost of a great university that is racked inside by antiwar demonstrators and resented outside by right-wingers. Caught between conflicting loyalties, how will he behave?

Unlike many liberal academics in that fix, Richard Lyman never wavered. As a historian, he had organized one of the country's first Viet Nam teach-ins. But as Stanford's vice president and provost, he put the university's survival first. After the invasion of Cambodia last spring, Lyman sent a personal telegram to President Nixon decrying...