Leader of New York U. and Its 'Global Network' Warms Up to E-Mail—and Then Some

Leader of NYU and Its 'Global Network' Warms Up to E-Mail—and Then Some 1

Silvia Razgova for The Chronicle

John Sexton, NYU's president, teaches a class on government and religion on the university's Abu Dhabi campus every other week.

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Silvia Razgova for The Chronicle

John Sexton, NYU's president, teaches a class on government and religion on the university's Abu Dhabi campus every other week.

As education techies were turning on to Facebook and Twitter back in 2007, John Sexton decided to experiment as well—with e-mail.

If you had e-mailed Mr. Sexton, the president of New York University, before 2007, either his late wife, Lisa Goldberg, or his longtime assistant, Dan Evans, would have printed out the message for Mr. Sexton and responded by typing in his verbal reply.

Mr. Sexton, 69, is no Luddite; he is the jet-setting head of what he calls a "global network