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Caret: a man with 'vision and charisma'
Caret: a man with 'vision and charisma'

There was a moment when I realized that Bob Caret just might be crazy. It was in 2005, during one of the periodic meetings I had with the then-Towson University president. He was laying out his vision for what he called a "metropolitan university." To Mr. Caret, schools like Towson should serve the communities that surround them — sending their students and faculty beyond the campus borders to do good. And, in turn, giving those students a real-world education. But it wasn't Mr. Caret's vision that seemed crazy to me. It was the fact that he actually seemed to believe what he was saying. I'm in advertising. We're cynical people. We rarely stop to think...