Major Coup As US Institutions Enlist Four-Star Leadership

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When Francis Hendricks took over this month as president of Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, academics and students may have felt the urge to salute.

Mr Hendricks is a former US Air Force brigadier general, one of a number of ex-military leaders being appointed to high-level positions at US universities as institutions cope with growing pressures to reform.

"The expertise we need now from a president in this transitional time for higher education isn't managing the faculty," said Ralph Meyer, chairman of the public university's governing council of trustees.

"You have a provost who can handle all the academic issues. It's the external issues - the fundraising, the community support, recruitment and retention of students, productivity.

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