People: May 18, 1981

In her back-to-campus blue blazer with white piping, Ellen Putter could pass for a senior psych major at most Ivy League schools. But professors at New York City's Barnard College better not treat her like one. Last week Putter, 31, a graduate of the women's college and Columbia Law School, was named president of Barnard, Columbia's sister school. She thus becomes the youngest woman head of a major U.S. college. Actually, she has been acting president while on leave from a New York City law firm. Putter's no-nonsense managerial style and success in...

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