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Michigan State University
Politicizing the chancellor
Politicizing the chancellor

When University System of Maryland Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan announced that he planned to retire, the state's Board of Regents hired a firm to conduct a nationwide search to recruit a top-notch academic leader for what is and should be a plum post in American higher education. The firm forwarded the regents' search committee 50 names, which the committee narrowed down to 30, then 20, then nine, who received interviews. A final three appeared before the full Board of Regents. They picked Robert Caret, a candidate who combines years of familiarity with the Maryland system — he served as president of Towson University, among other posts — but also...