Peter Salovey, Yale's new president and its 23rd since 1701, is slightly out of breath after rushing back from city hall where he congratulated New Haven's new mayor, Toni Harp. He seems genuinely relieved to be on time for his next appointment, at the end of which he hands out his card, a gesture more commonly associated with sales reps.
Sales, come to think of it, is an exceedingly apt job description for Salovey, who is six months into his tenure. He needs to convince skeptical New Havenites that Yalies truly want to give and not simply take. He also must sell an often curmudgeonly faculty on the notion that their university can be an expanding scientific research institution that still cares about educating students in the humanities and social sciences.