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Robert M. Hutchins: Portrait of an Educator & Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950


reviewed by Martin Bulmer 1992

coverTitle: Robert M. Hutchins: Portrait of an Educator & Hutchins' University: A Memoir of the University of Chicago, 1929-1950
Author(s): William H. McNeill
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago
ISBN: 0226561704, Pages: 194, Year: 1991
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Is greatness in a university president possible, or is it a contradiction in terms? The conventional historical wisdom holds that a century or so ago William Rainey Harper at the University of Chicago, Daniel Coit Gilman at Johns Hopkins University, and (for a brief period) G. Stanley Hall at Clark University were innovative and masterly presidents who reshaped their own institutions and through them American higher education by means of a new emphasis on laboratory work, the graduate seminar, and research training for the Ph.D. All three universities were new institutions forging through youthful Clan, self-confidence, and strong leadership a sense of unity of purpose and scholarly innovation that laid the foundations for American international leadership in higher education in the twentieth century. A young university and a university in maturity, however, are different animals. The president of a mature university, whatever the formal constitutional position, has more limited scope... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 1, 1992, p. 193-196
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 192, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 9:40:25 AM

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