Ken Marcus ’88, my entrymate 20 years ago, has been appointed Staff Director of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. For those not steeped in the ways of Washington, the Staff Director is the guy who really runs the show — think general manager in baseball or artistic director in ballet. Of course, the 8 commissioners will be the ones who are ultimately in charge, but they will look to Ken to actually get things done.

Non-political junkies may not have any idea what the USCCR does. Mostly, it writes reports. But the real fun of the commission lies in the controversies that it has started and starred in over the years. With any luck, we will see more of the same with Marcus there.

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