Education: Firm But Gentle Helmsman

As a young biology professor in 1960, Donald Kennedy left a tenured job at Syracuse University for an untenured one at Stanford. "A lot of people thought I was crazy," he recalls. But at the hot, fast-evolving Palo Alto institution, he explains, "you got the sense that anything was possible." Last week in the elegant corner office of University President Donald Kennedy, it seemed that anything had indeed been possible, and would continue to be so. "I love it," exults Kennedy, 56, about the sprawling campus and his action-packed position. "I grew up here scientifically."

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