Stanford Emeriti Council Autobiographical Reflections

William Chace Autobiographical Reflections

Episode Summary

Determined to oppose the habit of self-importance almost endemic to an autobiographical talk, Bill Chace instead discussed his life with irony, eloquence, and humor. A professor of literature who valued his teaching, he discovered he also liked administration and put to good use—as president of Wesleyan and Emory Universities—his observations during two decades at Stanford. He believes that leadership at a university must be fundamentally truth-telling.

Episode Notes

Determined to oppose the habit of self-importance almost endemic to an autobiographical talk, Bill Chace instead discussed his life with irony, eloquence, and humor. A professor of literature who valued his teaching, he discovered he also liked administration and put to good use—as president of Wesleyan and Emory Universities—his observations during two decades at Stanford. He believes that leadership at a university must be fundamentally truth-telling.