The Academic President: Educator or Caretaker?
reviewed by Clarence Hilberry - 1962
President Dodds phrases his basic question in his title: Should the academic president be educator or caretaker? Throughout this stimulating volume he presses this question home, arguing vigorously, if not always convincingly, that the president must be primarily the educational leader of his university no matter what other responsibilities fall to his lot. He begins the argument by presenting vignettes of the careers of seven great university presidentsAndrew D. White of Cornell, Charles W. Eliot of Harvard, James B. Angell of the University of Michigan, Daniel Coit Gilman of Johns Hopkins, William Rainey Harper of the University of Chicago, Benjamin Ide Wheeler of the University of California, and Woodrow Wilson of Princeton. President Dodds's belief is that for today's president these biographical sketches "will illuminate the inmost center of his office." For this reader, they are too brief to provide this illumination, but they do justify the conclusion that each of these... (preview truncated at 150 words.)
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