University Presidents


The president is expected to be an educator; to have been at some time a scholar, to have judgment about finance, to know something of construction, maintenance and labor policy, to speak virtuously and continuously in words that charm and never offend, to take bold positions with which no one will disagree, to consult everyone and follow all proffered advice, and to do everything through committees, but with great speed and without error.

- by Henry Merritt Wriston,
(president of Brown University from 1937 to 1955,
describing what university presidentsí jobs are really like)
[source unknown]

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