Universities: Columbia's Choice

After a year marked by turmoil and siege on campus, it is little wonder that Columbia University — without a president for much of that time — has been unable to find a willing candidate for the post. John Gardner, former Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, showed no interest when overtures were made. Martin Meyerson, president of the State University of New York at Buffalo, demurred publicly after word of negotiations was leaked. Now the Columbia trustees have turned to Alexander Heard, 52, the able chancellor of Vanderbilt University and one of the small number of their preferred...

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