Wrong Number

A college president quits after making obscene calls

In ten years as president of American University, Richard Berendzen won acclaim for transforming the sleepy campus in Washington into a "Harvard on the Potomac." Under his leadership, the average of Scholastic Aptitude Test scores of entering freshmen rose 200 points, and millions of dollars were donated by prominent new contributors that included Saudi billionaire Adnan Khashoggi. Berendzen's name is back in the headlines, but for a shocking reason. He abruptly resigned from his post April 10, explaining that he was suffering from exhaustion. Law-enforcement officials confirmed last week that Berendzen had been identified as the man who made a string...

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