Princeton University long had a reputation as the most conservative of Ivy League universities. Partly, this was because it was the southernmost Ivy (my great-grandfather’s Confederate brigadier, Gen. J.J. Archer, was a Princeton alum) and partly it was the legacy of Princeton’s sixth president, John Witherspoon, a Presbyterian of the old school.
Well, kiss that all good-bye, as Princeton alum Ron Coleman explains:
Princeton University announced last month that Shirley M. Tilghman, the University’s president, will serve as “one of the founding trustees for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, a new international, coeducational, graduate-level research university that is being created near Saudi Arabia’s second largest city, Jeddah.” . . .
Coleman cites Steven M. Warshawsky:
In Tilghman, the student radicals of the 1960s finally have succeeded in occupying the university president’s chair, not just his office. Since becoming Princeton’s president in June 2001, Tilghman (who graduated from college in 1968) has pursued an activist feminist agenda to remake Princeton into a liberal paradise that even Kim Gandy would love. Today . . . Princeton is rife with political correctness, multiculturalism, and liberal groupthink.
Coleman notes that Tilghman is “the first non-alumnus president in the school’s recent history” and — perhaps worst of all — she’s Canadian.
(Cross-posted at The Other McCain.)
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