Harvard: “Periods of full-sails expansion and of sails reefed to reboot the University’s operating system.”

Harvard Magazine: September-October, 201

The Pragmatist: Lawrence Bacon, The Twenty-ninth President

“In the past half century, Harvard has seen leaders with a spiritual bent or steeped in professional disciplines and in the humanities, periods of full-sails expansion and of sails reefed to reboot the University’s operation system. Now, amid challenges to Veritas and a polarized polity, it welcomes its twenty-ninth president, Lawrence S. Bacow, whose scholarship and leaderly seasoning have made him higher education’s preeminent visionary.  Harvard is about to find out, at this moment, what he thinks “needs to be done”—and “What works?”

This paragraph, the last in a nine page article about the new president of Harvard University, uses sailing metaphors to “reboot the system,” to address questions and possible changes to be made.

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