Education: A Lecture From the Faculty

Dartmouth professors blast their businessman-president

When the trustees of Dartmouth College installed David McLaughlin as the school's 14th president in the summer of 1981, he seemed a perfect choice for a scholarly Ivy League bastion steeped in lusty, old-boy fellowship. Indeed, his persona glowed the deepest Dartmouth green: Phi Beta Kappa in the class of '54, wide receiver on the football team, M.B.A. from Dartmouth's Amos Tuck School of Business Administration. Three of McLaughlin's four children had graduated from Dartmouth or were going there. Finally, as chief executive officer of the Toro Co., makers of lawn and gardening equipment, McLaughlin was an exemplar of the business...

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