Although the trustees must have observed due process in the matter, it looks like a summary execution. I admit that I have not made it my business to know more about Wilson’s tenure at Princeton and will try to make up for that soon. The trustees did not provide much to the public either.
We cannot erase history with a committee vote or the swipe of a pen. Wilson was a real person who presided over Princeton at a difficult time in history. I hope the trustees intend to give us more information about Wilson and their decision.
Editor’s note: A story about scholars’ views of Wilson’s legacy was published in PAW’s Feb. 3, 2016, issue. Click here to read more.