Universities: A Different Kind of Methodist for Boston U.

Sprawled along the Charles River near Harvard and M.I.T., Boston University has had little of the national attention paid to its more famous neighbors. Nonetheless, with 15,031 full-time students, B.U. is now the nation's third largest private university, after Brigham Young and N.Y.U. Last week, to succeed retiring President Harold Case, Boston U.'s trustees named Arland Christ-Janer, 44, who for the past six years has been president of Iowa's Cornell College.

The top man on B.U.'s list of 275 nominees, Christ-Janer represents something of a break with the school's presidential tradition. All five of his...

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