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ERIC Number: ED441360
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 331
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ISBN: ISBN-0-262-10079-7
Holding the Center: Memoirs of a Life in Higher Education.
Johnson, Howard Wesley
This memoir by Howard Wesley Johnson, who was president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) during the 1960s and 1970s, is an autobiography as well as a history of how MIT coped with and responded to the hyperturbulance of the Vietnam era. The book reflects three themes: it is a history; it is a personal memoir that analyzes the author's mind set; and it is about management and leadership in modern times, about organizing to achieve goals, and about generating sound decisions. The book's 11 chapters are: (1) "Growing Up in South Chicago during the Depression"; (2) "College and Going to War"; (3) "The University of Chicago after the War: Student and Faculty Member"; (4) "Becoming a Part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology"; (5) "The School of Industrial Management becomes the Sloan School"; (6) "Early Years as President of MIT"; (7) "Grim Years for the Nation and the Universities"; (8) "Education in the Midst of Turmoil: The Close of a Presidency"; (9) "Chairing the MIT Corporation and Other Challenges"; (10) "Boston's Museum of Fine Arts in a New Era"; and (11) "MIT Goes On." A coda, "Note for Students on Leadership," is appended. (Contains a list of sources and registry of names.) (SM)
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Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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