On the Road, a Night of 'Friend Raising' With Gordon Gee

The cocktail hour is well under way when E. Gordon Gee pops into a Brown University alumni gathering here.

His late arrival is intentional.

A nondrinker, he spent the last half hour calling prospective students, leaving himself just enough time, he figures, to shake scores of hands before giving his speech.

Shifting into high gear, he grasps the nearest hand, chats for a minute, then moves to work the room like the pro that he is. Asking questions, listening intently,