Next Test for Sciences Po: Selecting a New Leader

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Nathan Alliard, PHOTONONSTOP, AFP

The Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, underwent bold changes over the past decade under the leadership of a visionary director. But with the director's death last spring and the recent release of a critical audit, the institution is wrestling with how to maintain that vision.

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Nathan Alliard, PHOTONONSTOP, AFP

The Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, or Sciences Po, underwent bold changes over the past decade under the leadership of a visionary director. But with the director's death last spring and the recent release of a critical audit, the institution is wrestling with how to maintain that vision.

As director of the Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, Richard Descoings needed more than a decade to remold that elite bastion of the French ruling class into a more egalitarian and international institution modeled on American universities. But after his sudden death, in April, it took only months for problems to arise that call into question the lasting impact of those reforms.

Last month France's minister of higher education made the unusual decision to overturn the