Romney Brings a Businessman's Perspective to Higher Education

As a governor, he took an analytic, but not always successful, approach to reform

Mitt Romney ran for governor of Massachusetts in 2002 pledging to bring his business acumen to bear on a state-government bureaucracy he characterized as flabby and complacent. Once he was elected, one of his first targets was the state's public-college system.

In March 2003, just two months after taking office, Governor Romney introduced an audacious higher-education overhaul, proposing to