As Barry Mills, president of Bowdoin College, learned:
One day in the summer of 2010, Barry Mills, the president of Bowdoin College, a respected liberal-arts school in Brunswick, Maine, met investor and philanthropist Thomas Klingenstein for a round of golf about an hour north of campus. College presidents spend many of their waking hours talking to potential donors. In this case, the two men spoke about college life—especially “diversity”—and the conversation made such an impression on President Mills that he cited it weeks later in his convocation address to Bowdoin’s freshman class. That’s where the dispute begins.
Read on for the full story of what each men said, and Klingenstein’s revenge, a commissioned study of academic life at Bowdoin. Suffice to say that nothing in the article or the report will surprise you, but both are fascinating in their depiction of what has happened to liberal arts universities in this country.
Kudos to Mr. Klingenstein.