President Bok and Dean of the Kennedy School of Government Graham T. Allison '62 have joined in the speculation about how many Harvard professors will move to Washington after the presidential election.
Bok said that he and Allison have discussed plans for the Kennedy School to prepare for the typical four-year migration of the faculty to the capital.
"We identified that problem six months ago and we discussed ways of dealing with it, and Graham talked to the faculty early about it," Bok said. "We have discussed whatever plans we can so we won't be left short of faculty members or have to fold or anything."
This year losses are expected to be grater should Democratic candidate Michael S. Dukakis win, since Dukakis attended the K-School after losing a gubernatorial race in 1972, and made many contacts who have acted as campaign advisers.
Allison, Nye May Go
It is not clear how many professors Dukakis would actually tap for his administration, but Allison, who announced his resignation from the Kennedy School over the summer, and Ford Foundation Professor of International Security Joseph S. Nye have both been named as likely choices.
Vice President George Bush has also taken a Harvard faculty member onto his staff, having made Public Policy Lecturer Richard N. Haass foreign policy advisor to his campaign. Director of the Institute of Politics Richard L. Thornburgh replaced Edwin Meese III as Attorney General, and may remain at this post if Bush wins the election.
But despite speculation about his own desire for a post in a Dukakis administration, Bok said that he has not spoken to the campaign about that possibility. "It would be inappropriate for me to do so," he said. "The thought never crossed my mind."