The steps up the ladder of Harvard's Administration are tradition-worn and heavily carpeted. The changes in University Hall, effective Monday, are therefore being made with the least noise possible. Nonetheless, the changes are major ones.
John U. Munro, who will replace Delmar Leighton as Dean of Harvard College, has been on the firing line long enough to assure an easy transition from the old to the new regimes. Munro's experience as Director of the Financial Aid Office has brought him in close touch with many of the student problems he will now have to meet head-on. It is too early to indulge in predictions about the new Dean's performance, but his background and abilities well qualify him to cope with one of the most trying posts in the University.
Wallace MacDonald, who will succeed Munro, and Fred L. Glimp, who moves into MacDonald's job, are both excellent choices. Both men are young, not necessarily a virtue in itself, but both have made impressive records in the Freshman Scholarship and Admissions Offices, respectively.
The most significant move, however, is the transfer of Dean Leighton from University Hall to Dudley House, where he will become Master of a House, not yet on equal footing with the rest of the University. Dean Leighton's long-standing and serious concern with the problem of commuting students promises that he will devote every effort to the task of altering Dudley's status within the Harvard community. His patience and energy will be missed in University Hall, but they are essential assets to his new position and to the goal he seeks for Dudley House.