The former president of Lawrence College (Wisconsin) and of Brown University gives a ""personal view of an institution- not an institutional view of a person"", and in so doing ranges over the variety of considerations to be met by the man who accepts this office as well as the versatility of his qualifications. Mr. Wriston is very definite in his belief in the need for a scholar in this capacity. As he discusses the on and off campus constituents, the trustees (""a constant source of study and concern""), the faculty, the students, the alumni, he also comments on educational processes on policies; on the powers- and obligations- of the president; on anything from the particulars of grading- or housekeeping- to the larger issues often involved, i.e. the sacrifice of scholarship to administrative detail. Mr. Wriston writes well and his long (some fifty years in the field), broad view is liberal, firm and even-tempered. It is a book of course particularly for those connected with higher education but a peripheral audience will also find it a pleasurable reading experience.