Thanks, PAW, for your “direct” observation that this listing tilts notably to the left. The complete omission of Meg Whitman ’77, Mitch Daniels ’71, and Ted Cruz ’92 (for starters) downgrades the panel’s credibility — especially in light of choices made instead, such as a second-tier football coach and various fiction authors. Must be that old nemesis, “unconscious bias,” in action. 

Perhaps in the future a similar survey, polling a cross-section of alumni, could be initiated. Undoubtedly that would yield a far broader and more compelling list of high achievers and influencers. 

James Mathewson ’81
Lake St. Louis, Mo.