An Interview: with a University President

John Tyler Caldwell is fully conversant with the problems of the American university and its students. For twenty-three years he has been head of a college or university, first at Alabama College (now the University of Montevallo), then at University of Arkansas, and now at North Carolina State University, where he has been chancellor for twelve years. Before that, Dr. Caldwell taught political science at Vanderbilt University. He did his undergraduate work at Mississippi State University, and has advanced degrees from Duke and Princeton Universities. He and his wife have raised six children.

One critic of education I've read charges that university education is in shambles.

Well, it is not. Our universities have served magnificently in the growth and development of society. But like other human institutions, they suffer from institutional obsolescence. And like other useful human institutions, they don't need to be torn down but improved.

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January 2, 1971

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