John Silber http://ripr.org en Remembering John Silber, an outsized personality in Boston academia http://ripr.org/post/remembering-john-silber-outsized-personality-boston-academia <p>Former Boston University president John R. Silber, who <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/us/john-r-silber-who-led-boston-universitys-renaissance-dies-at-86.html?pagewanted=all&amp;_r=0">died yesterday </a>at age 86, will mostly be remembered for making BU a significantly more dynamic and better unversity than when he arrived in the early 1970s. But he also made BU a great place to be a student journalist.</p><p>Silber was a newsmaker — brash, unapologetic, scary smart,&nbsp;and controversial.</p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 08:46:01 +0000 Ian Donnis 8529 at http://ripr.org