American higher education lost one of its greatest leaders with the death of Bryce Jordan, and I have lost a dear friend and mentor.
As president of Penn State, Jordan hired me to be dean of the College of Arts and Architecture in 1986. I learned the art of the college presidency by watching him. He really was my role model.
Under his leadership, Penn State was transformed from a good land grant university to a truly great research university. I shall miss him.
James Moeser, Chapel Hill, N.C.
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The writer is chancellor emeritus at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.