Making all of this happen is going to require strong management, but the report comes at a time when the school does not have a permanent president. Instead, veteran education administrator Mortimer H. Neufville is serving on an interim basis, and the university system has not yet even begun a search for a permanent leader, nor does it intend to for the foreseeable future. That is likely the wisest course. Mr. Neufville, who served in a similar capacity at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, can make the difficult decisions without the fear a newly appointed president would have of alienating the faculty or staff. The new president can then come in, unencumbered by that baggage, and lead a much-strengthened institution. (This scenario is actually described, more or less, in a section of Niccolo Machiavelli's "The Prince".) Mr. Neufville and USM Chancellor William E. "Brit" Kirwan are due to present an implementation plan next month.