The Agreeable Mr. Illingworth

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But if Illingworth has not earned the love of students through controversial stands, he has still been well received by the student body. Students say he is personable and easy to approach. He takes their concerns seriously.

"One of the very first things that we asked him to do was to resurrect the student-faculty committee on campus safety," says Undergraduate Council representative Michael D. Shumsky '01, explaining the committee was reconvened in short order.


Illingworth says instead of striking out on his own, he spends much of his time trying to facilitate communication within the Harvard community.

"I try to get people to have a discussion," he says. "I'll tell someone, 'you need to go talk to so-and-so.' "

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